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e-619 (Governor General's Medals of Honour)

42nd Parliament
Initiated by Nick Kerr from Petawawa, British Columbia, on February 22, 2017, at 12:56 p.m. (EDT)
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Search and rescue
Volunteering and volunteers
Government Response Tabled

Petition to the Government of Canada

Whereas:
  • Search and Rescue is the only major first responder organisation within Canada that is not honoured by a national service medal;
  • The potential hazards and risks which are inherent in Search and Rescue operations are equivalent and sometimes over and above the normal service of other volunteer and paid organizations and as such deserve special recognition;
  • There are over 300 professionally trained volunteer teams in Canada with more than 12,000 volunteers who put in 100,000 hours of training, community service and administration. More than 300,000 personal hours on more than 20,000 searches annually; and
  • An astounding 95% subjects were found or rescued within the first 24 hours of a volunteer SAR group being activated last year.
We, the undersigned, citizens of Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to recognize service within Search and Rescue by means of the creation of a “Canadian Search and Rescue Service Medal”, to be designated for volunteer service by SAR volunteers. An honour that is equivalent to what the other major first responder organisations are awarded. By doing this Canada would follow suit with Australia, another commonwealth country who has awarded the “National Medal” to volunteer search and recuse service since 1975.
Cariboo—Prince George
Conservative
British Columbia
Petition presented to the House of Commons on February 28, 2019 (Petition No. 421-03281)
Government response tabled on April 11, 2019 (Sessional Paper No. 8545-421-05)
Open for signature : February 22, 2017, at 12:56 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature : June 22, 2017, at 12:56 p.m. (EDT)
Province / Territory
Signatures
Alberta
46
British Columbia
497
Manitoba
7
New Brunswick
2
Newfoundland and Labrador
13
Northwest Territories
1
Nova Scotia
6
Ontario
57
Prince Edward Island
1
Quebec
1
Saskatchewan
16
Yukon
5
Other Countries
3
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