IN THE HOUSE ~ Tabling Bill C-244, An Act to establish Leif Erikson Day.

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Bill C-244. Introduction and first reading

Mr. Peter Julian (New Westminster—Burnaby, NDP) moved for leave to introduce Bill C-244, An Act to establish Leif Erikson Day.

He said: Mr. Speaker, it is my pleasure, on behalf of over one million Canadians of Scandinavian origin, to reintroduce this bill, which would designate October 9 as Leif Erikson day in Canada.

As we know, since 1964, in the United States, October 9 has been designated Leif Erikson day. For those of us who are of Scandinavian—in my own case on my mother's side, my mother's family came across from Fredrikstad in Norway—Norwegian, Swedish, Finnish, Danish, or of Icelandic heritage, it is very important that our contributions be acknowledged to Canada as a whole.

I am pleased to say that this bill has received support from Scandinavian organizations across the length and breadth of our great nation, including in Burnaby, British Columbia, the Scandinavian centre. I am hoping that this bill will receive the support of all members of Parliament and we will finally have Leif Erikson day in Canada on October 9.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)

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