moved for leave to introduce Bill C-313, An Act to amend the Holidays Act (Flag Day).
Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise to move this bill to create a national flag day holiday. I would like to express my thanks to the hardworking former member for Vancouver Island North, Catherine Bell.
The bill would create a legal holiday around flag day in February, something that does not exist yet. It is acknowledged as a holiday, but there is no legal weight behind it.
Canadian families are working harder and harder for less money. They earn less now than they did 20 years ago, and they are working more overtime hours.
To create a legal holiday in February to acknowledge the pride that Canadians feel about their flag and their country, is a way for families to get together and celebrate the Confederation of which we are all so proud.
I am honoured to move the bill forward to create a national flag day holiday for Canada's maple leaf flag.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)