moved for leave to introduce Bill C-462, An Act respecting a day to honour Canada’s marine industry.
Madam Speaker, I rise today to present a private member's bill about a marine industry national holiday for those workers in the marine industry.
It is appropriate to do so at this time of year, as many marine workers and their representatives are on the Hill.
I take great pride in introducing the bill because it was the marine industry that brought my family to this country in the first place. My father was a marine worker. In fact he was a shipwright and was recruited by the Canadian Immigration Board to come here to build ships. That is how our family actually immigrated to this great country and was able to set down roots and establish itself.
Clearly it is an industry that is hugely important to all of us across the country. There are literally hundreds of thousands and millions of tonnes of cargo that go through the shipping lanes.
In my riding of Welland we call it the H20 waterway which of course is affectionately known as the Welland Canal. It runs from one end of my riding right through to the other, climbing the mountain, as we call it, in Thorold where we have the twin locks.
It gives me great pleasure to put this bill together and present it, and hopefully it will be adopted by the House.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)