It was my privilege to stand up in the House of Commons this week to pay tribute to our Veterans. From the battlefields of the Great War 100 years ago, through World War II, Korea and modern conflicts such as the Gulf, Balkans, and Afghanistan, members of the Canadian Armed Forces have served with unparalleled bravery and distinction. Theirs has been an example of the best in all us: courage in the face of danger, tenacity for building a better world, imbued with a spirit of collaboration and compassion. As we commemorate Veterans Week, I urge all Canadians to seek out our Veterans, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and their families to thank them for their service and sacrifice. I hope you join me on the 11th of November at the Kanata Cenotaph, in the Village Green Memorial Park near Earl of March Secondary School, at 11 am.
Armed Forces Appreciation Night
I was extremely pleased to welcome to Kanata and the Canadian Tire Centre the Hon. Kent Hehr Minister of Veterans Affairs, Lieutenant-General Whitecross, Lieutenant-General Hood, Lieutenant-General Wynnyk, Vice-Admiral Lloyd, members of the Canadian Armed Forces, and their families for Canadian Armed Forces appreciation night! It was great to see everyone an exciting 2-1 overtime win for the Ottawa Senators, and it was wonderful to spend time with our serving men and women.
Children’s Shopping Village
It was great to join Marianne Wilkinson to fill gift bags for the Childrens Shopping Village at the Bridge Church in Kanata. Since 1993 more than 124 million Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes have been collected and distributed around the world. It is such a terrific gesture of hope and humanity to give to others during the holiday season. Thanks to the organizers at the Bridge Church for their great work!
The Athletes Parade
I would like to congratulate all members of the Canadian Olympic and Paralympic teams and thank them for joining us in the House of Commons during the Athletes Parade. They are all such great ambassadors for Canada, representing us so well on the world stage. Our great Athletes showed excellent sportsmanship and friendly competition at the Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Wings of Courage, The Story of Canadian Pilots
I was honoured to attend and serve as Master of Ceremony at the to celebrate the Wings of Courage trilogy, on behalf of the Honorable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. This documentary tells us of the exploits and dangers that Canadian Pilots faced during the First World War, and is a ‘must see’ for everyone!