For Immediate Release
November 4, 2021
Private Members Bill will recognize province’s air, army, sea and Navy League cadets
Queen’s Park – MPP Toby Barrett has introduced a Private Members Bill calling on the Legislature to recognize Ontario’s cadets.
If the bill passes, it will see the first Saturday in October commence the weeklong recognition.
“Canada has a dynamic cadet program with many cadet corps and squadrons across Ontario,” the local MPP told the Ontario Legislature. “The Air Cadet League, Ontario Provincial Committee; the Army Cadet League of Canada (Ontario); and the Navy League of Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Armed Forces, provide programs for air, army and sea cadets 12 to 18 years of age while the Navy League also sponsors a separate program for those nine to 12.
“Such programs assist young people to develop skills that help them transition to adulthood with a focus on physical fitness, leadership, citizenship and teamwork skills. As someone who completed basic training when I was 17, I can attest that programs like this provide experiences not found elsewhere,” Barrett said.
It is Barrett’s hope the proposed legislation will move through the Ontario Legislature with continued all-party support.
Recognizing cadets in October will ensure there is no interference of the support cadets provide to Veterans for Remembrance Day and the month of November.30 –
For more information, please contact MPP Toby Barrett at 519-428-0446, 905-765-8413 or 1-800-903-8629