Mr. J. E. Brown (Brant) moved
that Bill C-29, respecting Canada Day, be read the second time and referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs.
He said: Mr. Speaker, Bill C-29 which I am moving today is a short, simple bill which has the effect of repealing the Dominion Day Act and substituting therefor the Canada Day Act. The bill merely substitutes the word "Canada" for the word "Dominion" as it appears in the present Dominion Day Act. The bill also provides that Canada Day shall be kept and observed as a legal holiday on the first Monday of the month of July in each and every year.
[DOT] (5:00 p.m.)
During the summer recess I was approached by a group of my constituents, members of the Junior Chamber of Commerce of Paris, Ontario, and asked whether I would support a bill of the nature I am introducing this afternoon if it were brought before Parliament. I immediately undertook to find out whether there was such a bill set down on the Order Paper at the commencement of the session. I found there was no such bill, so I have no hesitation in moving one myself and submitting it, as I am doing this afternoon, for the consideration of the House of Commons in the hope that if hon. members agree it will be referred to the Standing Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs.
I feel that the bill keeps July 1 of each year in its present perspective, as it is looked upon by a large majority of the people of Canada who would like to feel we have a day called Canada Day, a day set aside each year at which time we could celebrate Canada's birthday, its creation, its formation. I believe
it would give to every Canadian a sense of pride, if you will, a sense of importance of our country as an entity in the world. So, Mr. Speaker, I have no hesitation whatever in moving the second reading of this bill and submitting it for the favourable consideration of the House.
Topic: PRIVATE MEMBERS' PUBLIC BILLS
Subtopic: CANADA DAY ACT