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Bill 65, An Act to amend the Remembrance Week Act, 2016

Simcoe-Grey MPP Brian Saunderson was in attendance for the Standing Committee on Procedure and House Affairs for the public input on Bill 65, An Act to amend the Remembrance Week Act, 2016 on Wednesday July 12th. “This is PC MPP Lorne Coe’s (Whitby) Private Member’s Bill to expand the time for tribute to our veteran’s and our current members of the Canadian Armed Forces on Remembrance Week and Remembrance Day” MPP Saunderson said.

The Bill amends the Remembrance Week Act, 2016 to require members of the Legislative Assembly, on the last sessional day before Remembrance Day in each year, to pause and observe two minutes of silence in honour of those who died serving their country in wars and in peacekeeping efforts.

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The Standing Committee heard from Bobbie Simmons, President, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 112, Whitby. Simmons stressed the importance of increased communications with veterans. Simmons told committee members of how the Legion has played a critical role in assisting veterans in their search for services including suitable accommodation (housing) and how it has helped veterans receive pension funds they may otherwise not know they qualified for.

Wednesday’s session was chaired by Sam Oosterhoff, Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP) for the riding of Niagara West.

MPP Saunderson recognizes the ongoing important work of Legions throughout the province. He is always impressed with the large turnout at Remembrance Day ceremonies throughout the riding. “It is important for all of us to stop, remember and thank our veterans for the sacrifices they made and continue to make today to allow us to enjoy the freedom we have today” Sanderson said.

On Friday July 7th, my colleague, Laura Smith MPP for Thornhill, and I had a tour of Peacekeeper’s Park in Angus.
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