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e-1759 (National day)

Initiated by Teri Towner from Coquitlam, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • Search and rescue personnel are unpaid volunteers who drop whatever they are doing any time of day or night to search for and provide aid to people who are in distress or imminent danger;
  • The contribution these volunteers make toward the safety of all Canadians is immeasurable;
  • There are more than 12,000 search and rescue volunteers throughout Canada who train thousands of hours to provide search and rescue services in the air, on land and waters with hundreds of established search and rescue teams;
  • Canada acknowledges National Volunteer Week recognizing Canadians who selflessly improve the lives of others and build better communities;
  • The possibility for danger and inherent risks at play in search and rescue operations are over and above the typical service of other volunteers and volunteer organizations;
  • Search and rescue volunteers are unsung heroes who assist citizens in distress and are credited with saving lives;
  • These volunteers are deserving of distinctive recognition;
  • One way to acknowledge the gratitude we have for their dedication and service is to proclaim a National Search and Rescue Day for all SAR volunteers from coast-to-coast; and
  • In British Columbia, March 2 is proclaimed SAR Volunteer Memorial Day to honour those volunteers who have lost their lives while on a quest to save others.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to recognize the valued service within search and rescue communities by establishing March 1 as “National Search and Rescue Day” to honour the living, past and present search and rescue volunteers to whom Canadians owe an immense debt of gratitude.
Government response tabled on January 28, 2019 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-131-08)
Open for signature
June 21, 2018, at 3:58 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
October 19, 2018, at 3:58 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Ron McKinnon (Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam)
December 7, 2018 (Petition No. 421-03053)
Government response tabled
January 28, 2019
Photo - Ron McKinnon
Coquitlam—Port Coquitlam
Liberal Caucus
British Columbia
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