Burnaby-New Westminster MP Peter Julian wants a day dedicated to Leif Erikson, an explorer who discovered North America nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus. On Tuesday, Jan. 31, Julian reintroduced a private member's bill in the House of Commons to establish Oct. 9 as Leif Erikson Day.
"The bill is the next step to honour the symbol of Leif Erikson, a son of Scandinavia, who represents an enduring legacy of brave explorers who continue to enrich Canada's culture and way of life. This bill has been receiving tremendous support from the Canadian Scandinavian community across Canada," said Julian.
Julian tabled a motion in 2006 calling on the House of Commons to "honour the historical voyage made by Leif Erikson," the first European to visit North America more than 1,000 years ago.
"Leif Erikson is part of our heritage that defines us as a nation," Julian said. "Understanding our history and the people from around the world who shaped it is an important part of reflecting on the great privilege and responsibility we all share as Canadians."