IN THE HOUSE ~ Member's Statement ~ 150th Anniversary of the Royal Westminster Regiment

41st Parliament, 2nd Session ~ Member's Statement

Mr. Peter Julian (Burnaby—New Westminster, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I rise to honour the 150th anniversary of the Royal Westminster Regiment and to thank the men and women of the regiment for their significant contribution to peacekeeping and disaster relief and in defence of Canada.

The Royal Westminster Regiment served in the Boer War, in both world wars, with the UN and NATO in Korea, Bosnia, Croatia, Cyprus, the Golan Heights, Sierra Leone and Afghanistan. It has also been on the front lines in disaster relief, including Okanagan wild fires, Fraser River floods and the 1898 Great Fire.

Through it all, the Westminster Regiment has been a role model for courage, dedication and sacrifice. Many members of the regiment have given their lives for Canada and for world peace.

A few years ago, I attended the funeral of Master Corporal Colin Bason who was killed in action in Afghanistan. Today, we pay tribute to Master Corporal Bason and all of the other soldiers and personnel of the Royal Westminster Regiment who have served this country with honour for 150 years.

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