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e-2402 (Veterans' affairs)

E-petition
Initiated by Jennifer Sizer from Victoria, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Parks Canada only offers free admission for new Canadian citizens and youth 17 and under;
  • More than 155 active service members have taken their own lives since 2010. That nearly equals the 158 killed while serving in Afghanistan from 2001 to 2014;
  • Pursuing outdoor activities like hiking, camping, mountain biking, rock climbing, kayaking, and skiing helps veterans cope with PTSD symptoms and transition back into civilian life;
  • The U.S. offers free admission to their veterans and serving members along with accompanying passengers in a single, private, non-commercial vehicle; and
  • The pass covers the pass owner and three accompanying adults age 16 and older at sites where entrance fees are charged.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to revise Parks Canada fees at all locations such as National Historic Sites, National Marine Conservation Areas, National Parks, National Urban Parks and Hot Springs to a free yearly annual passes to Veterans, Active Duty Members of Canadian Armed Forces, and families of the fallen (Silver cross recipients), since by allowing this, it would relieve financial burdens that these members might face while visiting parks of the country they vowed to risk their lives to defend, increased exposure to the outdoors and help those suffering from physical injuries, mental health issues such as depression and PTSD and help reduce the high suicide rate in the serving and veteran community.
Open for signature
February 28, 2020, at 12:28 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 29, 2020, at 12:28 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Erin O'Toole
Durham
Conservative Caucus
Ontario
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