The remains of Canada's fallen soldiers, sailors, and aviators deserve equal respect and protection from desecration and disturbance;
A Canadian Ocean War Grave is the wreck of a Canadian registered ship or Royal Canadian Navy warship lost during military service that contains the remains of Canadian sailors or merchant mariners; and
Under Canadian law, there are currently no protections for the remains of up to 1,200 Canadian sailors and merchant mariners resting in Ocean War Graves.
We, the undersigned, Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to
1) Affirm the Government of Canada's intention to provide legal protection for Canada's Ocean War Graves in Canadian, international, and foreign waters and, in so doing, make a formal request to the Government of the United Kingdom to protect Canadian Ocean War Graves in UK waters under the UK Protection of Military Remains Act, 1986;
2) Use any available legislative and executive powers to provide immediate protection for Canada's Ocean War Graves, as an intermediate measure until stand-alone legislation can be enacted; and
3) Enact expedited, stand-alone legislation to provide legal protection for Canada's Ocean War Graves, ensuring the punishment for desecration is in line with the punishment for desecration of land-based War Graves.
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