M-132: Federally funded health research
Support for the motion aligns with the Government’s commitment to diversity and inclusion, which includes the Speech from the Throne’s pronouncement of diversity as Canada’s strength, as well as the Canadian Multiculturalism Act objective to recognize the existence of communities whose members share a common origin, to support their efforts to raise awareness about their historic contributions to Canadian society, and to enhance the community’s development. Support would also be consistent with section 27 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which recognizes the importance of preserving and enhancing the multicultural heritage of Canadians. Federal-level recognition of June 10 as Portugal Day and June as Portuguese Heritage Month, already recognized by the Province of Ontario and British Columbia, would provide the opportunity to raise awareness of the many contributions Canadians of Portuguese heritage have made to Canada, and acknowledge the importance of this month for Canadians of Portuguese heritage. Support would be also consistent with that given to other recognition proposals that help foster social inclusion.