-three provinces at that time, should unite-and now coming to the important part, and I quote, "under the name of Canada."
What this bill does is simply to change the name of our national holiday from "Dominion Day" to "Canada Day". Nothing else. Canada is the name of our country, not an expression of how it is composed, or of its nature. I ask for the support of the House for my bill. I also ask for the general support of the various political parties which compose the House of Commons. May I express the hope that we shall vote on the subject this afternoon? Surely, there has been ample time for consideration; surely there is no need for further discussion. The various parties represented here have given us their point of view with respect to the subject matter of the debate. May I thank all those who have taken part in this discussion, particularly those who have supported the measure? I trust no hon. member will oppose the bill simply because it happens that a Liberal Member of Parliament has proposed it. I do not think this will happen. I believe this bill will pass the House of Commons. I am sure it will receive the support of the majority of the Liberal members.
I am indeed grateful for the support which has been given it to date by members of the New Democratic Party. In particular, I am grateful that none other than the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre (Mr. Knowles) should have moved the amendment which was placed on the Order Paper to restore the name "Canada Day" to the bill after it had been taken out in committee. As I say, I am grateful, partly because of the hon. member's background knowledge of our country and its institutions, and not only of our country but of its history, and not only of our country and its history but of the rules and procedures of this House. So, I am appreciative of the demonstration of support by the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre. I believe his party has shown great wisdom and understanding of Canada in backing this bill to date.
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distress, the Creditistes and their leader have won our hearts with their display of loyalty and dedication to the development of Canada both at home and abroad.
Topic: PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS
Subtopic: CANADA DAY