Arnold tables RCMP bill

North Okanagan - Shuswap MP Mel Arnold introduced a federal bill that proposes to recognize Feb. 1 as Royal Canadian Mounted Police Day in the House of Commons Thursday.

The bill comes after months of grassroots work that started in Vernon and spread through B.C. and eventually went federal.

Arnold’s bill aligns with a provincial bill introduced in the legislature by Vernon - Monashee MLA Eric Foster on May 1.

"The men and women of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from coast-to-coast-to-coast have served Canada with distinction for nearly a century," said MLA Eric Foster. "I am proud to see this campaign of appreciation for the RCMP continue to build momentum from grassroots volunteers in Vernon to the legislative assembly in Victoria to the House of Commons in Ottawa."

Efforts to establish Feb. 1 as RCMP Day to recognize and promote appreciation of Canada’s national police force has been driven by the RCMP Appreciation Day in B.C. Committee. This organization expanded in May to form the RCMP Day in Canada Committee to build support for a national RCMP Day.

RCMP Day goes national

"As a grassroots group established in Vernon B.C., we want to recognize the commitment that the men and women of the RCMP have made and continue to make each and every day," said Martin von Holst, Chairman of the RCMP Appreciation Day Committee. "RCMP members leave their homes and families to put their lives on the line to serve and protect us and our communities across Canada and for that we are deeply grateful.”

“As we prepare to mark a century of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police defending the law and keeping Canadians safe, it is fitting to recognize the RCMP’s service with an annual day of recognition," said Arnold. "I am honoured to introduce this bill to establish recognition of the RCMP in federal legislation and I thank everyone who has contributed to this important initiative."

John K. White

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