Ottawa – A proposed medal to honour the men and women who defended Canada from potential attack during the cold war era is gaining support across the country says Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP, Carol Hughes.

Hughes tabled petitions signed by Canadians who support the notion of a Defence of Canada Medal shortly after the House resumed sitting on Thursday.

“Today I rise in the House to table a petition with respect to the countless hours of service that many men and women gave to their country as they trained and prepared for an attack on Canadian soil during the Cold War era,’ said Hughes. “ These individuals, who served in the regular and reserve forces, police forces, emergency measures organizations, and civil organizations, worked to protect Canada from the threat posed by the countries behind the Iron Curtain.”

Hughes says she has received messages of support from across Canada for her private members bill and will be delivering petitions in the House to showcase the idea as often as she can.  She relishes the opportunity to work with supporters to honour those people who served Canada selflessly over a long and important period in Canadian history.

“The petitioners call upon the House of Commons to support Bill C-354, that happens to be my Private Member's Bill, which would create a Defence of Canada medal to honour these veterans of the   Cold War,” said Hughes.   “I would like to thank everyone who has taken time to write to express interest and support for this idea.”

Hughes developed her Private Members Bill with the assistance of Elliot Lake resident, Captain Ulrich Krings and had first introduced it as Bill C-460 in the last parliament.