Statement on the Canada 150 Medal

I am disappointed that the Liberal government has chosen not to proceed with a Canada 150 Medal.  Honoring the service and dedication of Canadians is an important part of celebrating who we are as a nation and the celebration of Canadians should be an integral part of our 150th birthday commemorations. 

I believe that recognizing and celebrating service and volunteerism is crucial to encouraging volunteering and showing new generations the importance of volunteering in our communities. 

I also feel it is important to recognize the service of men and women who have served in our military.  To this end I have introduced M-80 which calls upon the government to designate a new Canadian Military Volunteer Service Medal. 

The full motion:

M-80 That, in the opinion of the House, the government should designate a new Canadian Military Volunteer Service Medal for volunteer service by Canadians in the Regular Forces, in the Reserve Military Forces and in the Cadet Corps Support Staff who have completed 365 days of uninterrupted honourable duty in the service of their country, since September 2, 1945, to present day and in perpetuity.