Defence of Canada Medal Act (1946-1989)

An Act respecting the establishment and award of a Defence of Canada Medal (1946-1989)

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


Carol Hughes  NDP

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


Introduced, as of May 10, 2016
(This bill did not become law.)


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

The purpose of this enactment is to establish a medal to be awarded to the persons who served in the defence of Canada during the period commencing on June 1, 1946 and ending on November 30, 1989.


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Defence of Canada Medal Act (1946-1989)Routine Proceedings

May 10th, 2016 / 10:05 a.m.
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Carol Hughes NDP Algoma—Manitoulin—Kapuskasing, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-270, An Act respecting the establishment and award of a Defence of Canada Medal (1946-1989).

Mr. Speaker, I appreciate the opportunity to table this bill. I rise to reintroduce an act respecting the establishment and award of a defence of Canada medal for the men and women who served Canada during the Cold War.

The medal officially pays tribute to those who served in the defence of Canada from 1946 to 1989. That was when, as states developed weapons of war, we became aware of the fragility of peace and our own vulnerability.

These individuals served in the protection of Canada from threats posed by the countries behind the Iron Curtain. They were trained and prepared to defend Canada in all ways necessary, but fortunately were never engaged on home soil.

The medal is intended to be awarded to individuals who served in regular and reserve forces, police forces, emergency measures organizations, as well as civil organizations. The act represents the vision of retired Captain Ulrich Krings, and has widespread support across the country, especially from those who worked hard to keep us safe and prepared during those unsettling times.

I thank my colleague from Abitibi—Témiscamingue for seconding my bill.

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