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e-3636 (Veterans' affairs)

Initiated by Bruce Moncur from Thompson, Manitoba

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Minister of National Defence

  • The Canadian Victoria Cross was instituted in 1993, taking the place of the Victoria Cross, which is the highest decoration in the Commonwealth;
  • Among all the countries which fought in Afghanistan, Canada is the only one that has not awarded its highest decoration for valour; and
  • On September 15, 2021 Valour in the Presence of the Enemy put forward a request that Private Jess Larochelle be considered for the Canadian Victoria Cross. Pte. Jess Larochelle was severely wounded in the fight – a one-man battle against an attacking force of about 20 enemy fighters – and has been in and out of the hospital since that day.
We, the undersigned, Valour in the Presence of the Enemy, call upon the Government of Canada to investigate the new evidence regarding Star of Military Valour Recipient Jess Larochelle. If the investigation proves that the new evidence sufficient enough, upgrade Private Larochelle to the Canadian Victoria Cross. In doing so, bestowing the first Canadian Victoria Cross, and recognizing the first Afghanistan Veteran to be designated a Victoria Cross Recipient, the winner of the 98th Victoria Cross given to a Canadian and the only Victoria Cross winner still alive.
Open for signature
November 2, 2021, at 2:08 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 2, 2022, at 2:08 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Niki Ashton (Churchill—Keewatinook Aski)
May 19, 2022 (Petition No. 441-00494)
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Churchill—Keewatinook Aski
New Democratic Party Caucus
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