Hughes reintroduces bill for Defence of Canada Medal


The Cold War may be well behind us, but Carol Hughes thinks it’s important to give back to those who defended our country from the threat that lurked behind the Iron Curtain.

Hughes, the MP for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing, reintroduced her Private Member’s Bill in the House of Commons Wednesday. The bill would establish and award a Defence of Canada Medal for these cold warriors.

“The medal serves to formally honour the people who defended our country from within for the period from 1946 to 1989,” said Hughes. “During this time, we became aware of how fragile peace can be and how vulnerable we may become to advances in weapons of warfare.”

Hughes wants Canadians to see how these hard-working individuals were first and foremost concerned with the protection of Canada in an area of nuclear proliferation and constant threat from tension between the West and communist-block countries.

“This medal is intended to be awarded to those who served in the regular and reserve forces, police forces, emergency measures organization, as well as civil organizations,” said Hughes. “They were trained and prepared to defend Canada in all ways necessary, but fortunately were never engaged on home soil.”

Hughes also said that “this act represents the vision of retired Captain Ulrich Krings and has wide-spread support across the country, especially from those who worked so hard to keep us safe and prepared during those unsettling times.”

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Carol is a three-term MP who has worked hard for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing since being elected in 2008. In addition to her role as MP, Carol serves as Assistant Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole in Canada’s 42nd Parliament. A tireless advocate for the communities she serves, Carol was a leading figure in the fight to preserve ten federal constituencies for Northern Ontario. She has been a prominent spokesperson for passenger rail service, preserving postal service outlets, and good jobs in the region. Carol has worked with First Nations on local and national issues and served as the New Democrat critic for First Nations Health prior to assuming the responsibilities of Assistant Deputy Speaker. With decades of labour experience, Carol understands the priorities of hardworking families. She has introduced legislation to expand access to Employment Insurance benefits and to require mandatory reporting of workplace accidents and occupational diseases. She has also worked with veterans on legislation that will create a Defence of Canada Medal to honour those who served domestically to protect Canada during the Cold War. Committed to serving all her constituents, Carol maintains full constituency offices in both Kapuskasing and Elliot Lake. She also holds regular clinics in communities throughout the riding. Before entering politics, Carol was a regional representative for the Canadian Labour Congress. Earlier, she worked for Probation and Parole Services in Elliot Lake and Youth Justice Services in Sudbury. A long-time community volunteer and activist, Carol lived in Elliot Lake for nearly three decades with her husband Kieth. And as a proud mother and grandmother, Carol is committed to building a better Canada for future generations.


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