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April 9th commemorates the immense sacrifices made by Canadians during WWI at the Battle of Vimy Ridge.
The victory at Vimy Ridge marked the first time all four divisions of the Canadian Armed Forces fought together as a unit.
From their sacrifice a new and enduring Canadian identity was born.
While it was a remarkable victory, it came at the expense of thousands of lives.
Lest we forget.
It was a pleasure today to present Edmonton Griesbach constituent Paul Lefaivre, 92, with a congratulatory certificate for his recent award. Paul was awarded France’s National Order of the Legion of Honour, that country’s highest decoration, established in 1802 by Napoleon Bonaparte. Paul is a D-Day vet and was in the Royal Canadian Navy.
I first met him more than 20 years ago when I interviewed him for an Edmonton Sun feature story I wrote on D-Day. We then got to know each other very well when we sailed to Europe on the QE2 in 1994 as part of a commemorative trip for veterans returning to the shores of Normandy.
With so many veterans aboard the ship, there was no end to the great material for news columns that I filed daily to the newspaper. Congrats on your award, Paul. And thanks for your service to this country.
This week, I stood in the House of Commons to reaffirm our Conservative commitment to hard-working Canadians.
When our party was in power, we passed a law to allow workers to have a secret ballot when voting on whether or not to form a union.
We also passed a law that guaranteed more fiscal transparency in union books.
With the proposed Bill C-4, the Liberal government will repeal those good laws.
We believe that this is detrimental to hard-working Canadian union members, and we have heard that from the rank-and-file members themselves.
Check out the video. What do you think about this issue? I would love to hear your opinions.