Pedro da Silva Recognition Act

An Act to recognize Pedro da Silva as Canada's first officially commissioned letter carrier

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.

Sponsor

Mario Silva  Liberal

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

Status

Introduced, as of June 3, 2009
(This bill did not become law.)

Summary

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The purpose of this enactment is to recognize Pedro da Silva as Canada’s first officially commissioned letter carrier.

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Pedro da Silva Recognition ActRoutine Proceedings

June 3rd, 2009 / 4:35 p.m.
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Liberal

Mario Silva Liberal Davenport, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-406, An Act to recognize Pedro da Silva as Canada's first officially commissioned letter carrier.

Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to rise today in the House to introduce a bill to recognize Pedro da Silva as Canada's first officially commissioned letter carrier.

Keeping in mind the enormous contributions by the Portuguese Canadian community to Canada, it is important that we recognize the enduring legacy of Pedro da Silva, a trapper and carter living in New France. He was first commissioned to transport a packet of letters from Quebec to Montreal in 1693, and he was Canada's first official commissioned letter carrier by virtue of his appointment as first courier in 1705.

I urge all of my colleagues in the House to assist in recognizing this important cultural milestone in Canada's history.

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