Whitby MPP’s bill honouring families of those who died in 9/11 terrorist attacks gets third reading

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Published February 23, 2022 at 12:05 pm

A private member’s bill to honour Ontario families who lost loved ones in the September 11, 2001 attacks on New York City and Washington was given third reading today in the legislature.

Whitby MPP Lorne Coe introduced the bill – The Provincial Day of Service Act – to pay respect to Ontarian families and friends directly affected by the attacks and to demonstrate support for the members of the military, first responders and intelligence personnel who continue to fight against all forms of terrorism.

“I am honoured and humbled to table this legislation,” Coe said. “It exhorts the people of Ontario to rekindle the spirit of kindness, generosity and goodwill that unified us on that dark day.”

The September 11 terrorist attacks in the United States took the lives of thousands of citizens from 90 countries, including 24 Canadian citizens, 11 of whom were from Ontario. In response, 40,000 Canadian Armed Forces members would deploy to Afghanistan between 2001 and2014. More than 150 Canadian soldiers died during the 12-year campaign, and thousands were wounded, physically and psychologically.

“As we mark the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it is a fitting time to pay respect to the fallen,” said Christine Hogarth, Parliamentary Assistant to the Solicitor General. “It is a fitting moment to acknowledge the ongoing loss felt by their families and friends, and to pay tribute to the heroism of first responders and military personnel.”

Maureen Basnicki, Founding Director, Canadian National Day of Service Foundation, said the legislation gives Canadians a chance to “rekindle” the kindness, compassion and service demonstrated by Canadians in the days and weeks that followed the attacks.

“On the Anniversary of this horrific act of hate let us show our gratitude to all who serve their country and communities in official and unofficial ways. Join the Canadian 9/11 Family Members to thank our heroes who make a difference.”

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