MPP Rinaldi Passes Motion in Legislature for Singing of “O Canada”
QUEEN’S PARK - Northumberland-Quinte West MPP Lou Rinaldi received unanimous support at Queen’s Park passing a motion that will require the national anthem to be sung at the beginning of each month. The motion was co-sponsored by Sylvia Jones (PC) MPP from Dufferin-Caledon and Percy Hatfield (NDP) MPP from Windsor-Tecumseh.
As the Federal and Provincial governments from across Canada prepare to celebrate and honour the 150th anniversary of confederation , we should all reflect on our own thoughts on what makes us proud Canadians; Our national anthem is a symbol of the pride we feel as Canadians.
Until today, the national anthem was only sung in Ottawa’s House of Commons and Alberta’s Legislative Assembly. It was only played in Ontario’s Legislature during an audience of The Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. The Motion requires that going forward, the nation anthem be sung to commence the business of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario on the first sitting day of the Month.
“As a proud Canadian and immigrant to the best province in the best country in the world, I’m pleased to be a part of this new tradition in Ontario’s Legislature. This is a great beginning to a new tradition as we honour and celebrate Canada – and Ontario’s 150th birthday”
-Lou Rinaldi, MPP, Northumberland - Quinte West
From morning announcements beginning every school day to hockey arenas, baseball fields, Canadian Legions, and grass roots community events, “O Canada” is a song that reminds of us our national and international pride. It represents the freedom, diversity and heritage of our home and native land.
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