MASSE IN THE HOUSE: Presents a Petition Calling for Creation of a New Volunteer Service Medal for Canadian Troops
December 8th, 2009 - 2:51pm
Mr. Brian Masse (Windsor West, NDP): Mr. Speaker, I am honoured to present a petition from members of the community of Windsor West who are calling for the introduction of a new volunteer service medal to be known as the Governor General's Volunteer to acknowledge and recognize volunteerism by Canadian troops.
There have been two times in the past where there actually has been a Canadian volunteer service medal dating back to 1939 and most recently back to 1953.
What the petitioners are asking for is that the undersigned residents of Canada respectfully call upon the Government of Canada to recognize by means of issuance of a new Canadian volunteer service medal to be designated the Governor General's Volunteer Service Medal for voluntary service by Canadians in the regular and reserve military forces and cadet corps support staff who are not eligible for the aforementioned medals and who have completed 365 days of uninterrupted honourable duty in the service of their country since March 2, 1947.
It is an important part of recognition that is often overlooked of our Canadian military forces.