moved for leave to introduce Bill C-649, An Act to establish the Canadian Optimist Movement Awareness Day.
Mr. Speaker, I am very pleased to rise in the House today to introduce my bill, which would designate the first Thursday in February in each and every year as Canadian Optimist Movement Awareness Day.
The optimist movement has been around for 90 years. Its members have long worked to develop the creative, cultural and sports potential of young people.
There are more than 630 optimist clubs in Canada, which have more than 16,000 members. Each club helps nearly 80 young people in every region. Each optimist club needs to recruit more volunteers. This would help young Canadians thrive, develop their potential and develop self-confidence.
Today, I want to thank my optimist sponsor in Saint-Anicet, André Picard, with whom I have worked a lot, as well as all of the other optimists I spoke with in developing this very positive bill.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed.)