Maple Leaf and Tulip Day Act

An Act respecting the friendship between Canada and the Netherlands

This bill was last introduced in the 41st Parliament, 2nd Session, which ended in August 2015.

This bill was previously introduced in the 41st Parliament, 1st Session.


Peter Stoffer  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Oct. 16, 2013
(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 5th day of May in each and every year as “Maple Leaf and Tulip Day”.


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Maple Leaf and Tulip Day ActRoutine Proceedings

June 15th, 2011 / 3:10 p.m.
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Peter Stoffer NDP Sackville—Eastern Shore, NS

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-214, An Act respecting the friendship between Canada and the Netherlands.

Mr. Speaker, I am proud to rise in the House to introduce legislation to make May 5 maple leaf and tulip day. As we all know, there is a tremendous relationship between the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Dominion of Canada. We have over 5,700 Canadians buried on Dutch soil.

I am proud to say that the ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Mr. Wim Geerts, is very close by, along with the ambassador to the Hague. They are both here to witness this historic opportunity to make May 5, in continuity, maple leaf and tulip day to show the continuing friendship between the Netherlands and Canada.

There are now one million Canadians of Dutch descent in Canada. We are slowly taking over. As we say, “If you're not Dutch, you're not much”.

So, Gouda cheese and Heineken for everyone. Let us hope we pass this bill as quickly as humanly possible.

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