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e-560 (National historic sites)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Patrick White from Montreal, Quebec, on October 25, 2016, at 4:58 p.m. (EDT)
150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation
Canadian Forces
Canadian history
Canadian War Museum
Coins and banknotes
HMCS Haida National Historic Site of Canada
Military ships
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • The 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation is an important milestone, during the celebrations of which all branches of the Canadian Armed Forces should be properly recognized;
  • Her Majesty's Canadian Ship (HMCS) HAIDA, the 'fightingest ship' in the Royal Canadian Navy, sank more enemy tonnage than any other vessel throughout Canada's entire naval history;
  • In addition to being the last remaining Tribal-class Destroyer in the world, HMCS HAIDA is proudly acknowledged as the ‘Vimy Ridge’ and ‘Billy Bishop’ of the Royal Canadian Navy;
  • HMCS HAIDA served with distinction during the Second World War, the Korean War and the Cold War, all throughout demonstrating Canadian excellence at sea;
  • HMCS HAIDA was named in honour of the spirit of cooperation which has always existed between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians during times of global conflict;
  • The Canadian War Museum educates nearly 500,000 visitors every year, equating to more than 32 times the number of visitors to HMCS HAIDA in 2014-15;
We, the undersigned, Citizens of Canada and proud supporters of all branches of our Canadian Armed Forces, call upon the Government of Canada to: 1. Re-commission HMCS HAIDA as the flagship of the Royal Canadian Navy, giving the ‘fightingest ship’ in Canada the level of recognition it deserves;
2. Examine the feasibility of including HMCS HAIDA as a permanent part of the Canadian War Museum, thereby greatly increasing its ability to connect with more Canadians and strengthening its long-term financial sustainability; and
3. Task the Royal Canadian Mint to commission a commemorative coin for the 150th anniversary of Canada’s Confederation, featuring the Battle of Vimy Ridge, Billy Bishop and HMCS HAIDA, thereby representing all branches of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Petition presented to the House of Commons on December 13, 2017 (Petition No. 421-01986)
Government response tabled on January 29, 2018 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-02)
Open for signature : October 25, 2016, at 4:58 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : February 22, 2017, at 4:58 p.m. (EDT)
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