moved for leave to introduce Bill C-311, an act to provide for the recognition of the Canadien horse as the national horse of Canada.
Mr. Speaker, I am pleased again to reintroduce the national horse of Canada act, an act to provide for the recognition of the Canadien horse as the national horse of Canada.
This sturdy little horse has played a role in Canadian history since its arrival in New France in 1665 from the stables of Louis XIV. It has acclimatized to our harsh conditions evolving into a breed that is strong for its size, intelligent, well-tempered, resilient and determined. These qualities make it a perfect symbol for Canada.
Though indispensable to the inhabitants of New France, and later to the maritimes, Ontario and the west, this horse faced extinction by the end of the 19th century. Breeders have restored and developed this breed so that today there are more than 1,000 Canadien horses in Canada.
The national recognition would increase the profile of this breed, enhance its marketability and assure its future as the great Canadian symbol it is.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)