Leif Erikson Day Act

An Act to establish Leif Erikson Day

This bill was last introduced in the 42nd Parliament, 1st Session, which ended in September 2019.


Peter Julian  NDP

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


Introduced, as of Feb. 26, 2016
(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 ninth day of October in each and every year as “Leif Erikson Day”.


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Leif Erikson Day ActRoutine Proceedings

February 26th, 2016 / 12:10 p.m.
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Peter Julian NDP New Westminster—Burnaby, BC

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-244, An Act to establish Leif Erikson Day.

Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure, on behalf of over one million Canadians of Scandinavian origin, to reintroduce this bill, which would designate October 9 as Leif Erikson day in Canada.

As we know, since 1964, October 9 has been designated Leif Erikson day in the United States. For those of us who are of Scandinavian, Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish or Icelandic heritage, it is very important that our contributions be acknowledged to Canada as a whole. In my case, my mother's family came across from Fredrikstad, Norway.

I am pleased to say that this bill has received support from Scandinavian organizations across the length and breadth of our great nation, including in Burnaby, British Columbia, the Scandinavian centre. I hope the bill will receive the support of all members of Parliament and we will finally have Leif Erikson day in Canada on October 9.

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