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Bill C-613

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3rd Session, 40th Parliament,
59 Elizabeth II, 2010-2011
house of commons of canada
BILL C-613
An Act respecting the friendship between Canada and the Netherlands
Whereas during World War II the Canadian Armed Forces, along with their allies, liberated the large portions of the Netherlands that were under German control, brought much-needed resources to alleviate the suffering of the Dutch people after years of deprivation and occupation, and formed a profound bond between the people of Canada and the people of the Netherlands that has remained vibrant and strong to this day;
Whereas each year the people of the Netherlands recognize Canada’s enormous contribution to their country by giving tulips to the Canadian people as a symbol of their lasting friendship and the gratitude of the Dutch people;
And whereas the Parliament of Canada wishes to honour the immense contribution of the Canadian men and women who assisted in the liberation of the Netherlands and to celebrate the friendship between Canada and the Netherlands;
Now, therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:
Short title
1. This Act may be cited as the Maple Leaf and Tulip Day Act.
Maple Leaf and Tulip Day
2. Throughout Canada, in each and every year, the 5th day of May shall be known as “Maple Leaf and Tulip Day” in recognition and celebration of the friendship between Canada and the Netherlands.
Not a legal holiday
3. For greater certainty, Maple Leaf and Tulip Day is not a legal holiday or a non-juridical day.
Published under authority of the Speaker of the House of Commons
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