Nowruz Day Act

An Act respecting Nowruz Day

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.

This bill was previously introduced in the 40th Parliament, 2nd Session.


Bryon Wilfert  Liberal

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of March 23, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment designates the vernal equinox (first day of spring) in each and every year as “Nowruz Day”.


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Nowruz Day ActRoutine Proceedings

March 23rd, 2009 / 3:05 p.m.
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Bryon Wilfert Liberal Richmond Hill, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-342, An Act respecting Nowruz Day.

Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to present this bill, an act to respect Nowruz Day.

This past weekend, many families in Canada and in many countries around the world celebrated Nowruz, which marks the astronomical beginning of the new year and represents the exact moment of the vernal equinox commencing the start of spring.

Yesterday I was given the honour to celebrate Nowruz with 300 of my constituents and the mayor of Richmond Hill for a Nowruz celebration dinner where we shared great food, music and dance performances.

Nowruz is a time of great joy and celebration. Its non-ethnic and non-religious characteristics have allowed Nowruz to remain a prominent day for many people in the Middle East, central Asian countries and in fact many countries around the world, including Canada.

I will be distributing copies of the bill to the House leaders later today and it is my hope that all parties will be united to expedite this bill to officially recognize this significant day for many Canadians.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)