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MPPs approve Wilson's Remembrance Week Act

(November 2, 2016) MPPs at Queen's Park approved the Remembrance Week Act this morning.

Introduced by PC House Leader Jim Wilson last week, the act is jointly sponsored by Liberal MPP John Fraser and NDP MPP Cheri DiNovo.

The act expands the scope of the Remembrance Day Observance Act, 1997, to proclaim the week preceding Remembrance Day in each year as Remembrance Week.

"Remembrance Week will augment November 11," Wilson said, adding he is grateful for the support from all parties for the legislation. "We can never do enough to recognize the sacrifices that Canadians have made for our country."

Liberal MPP John Fraser (Ottawa South) made similar comment.

"On Remembrance Day we honour and pay tribute to all the brave Canadian men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, in wartime and in peace, at home and abroad. The Remembrance Week Act helps to ensure that our recognition of that sacrifice is not limited to one day. We will remember them," Fraser said.

New Democrat MPP Cheri DiNovo (Parkdale - High Park) shared a personal story.

"My uncle was part of the liberating forces that entered Auschwitz," she said. "When attending Remembrance Day services, I can't help but think of him and of all those brave women and men who served in both world wars. He survived to return home but bore the scars of his service until his passing. Remembrance Week simply recognizes that service and our honoring of those who served is and will always be greater than one day."


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