Carol Hughes’ Statement on the 75TH Anniversary of D-Day

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“Today marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy. This was one of Canada’s most significant military engagements of the 20th century—which ultimately helped lead to the end of the Second World War.

On June 6, 1944, 14,000 Canadians stormed the beaches of Normandy with Allied troops. On that day three hundred and fifty-nine Canadians made the ultimate sacrifice. They were among the 90,000 Canadians who volunteered to serve our country and saw action in the Normandy Campaign.

On this anniversary, we honor their memory and recommit ourselves to the principles they fought for. The best way to show respect for our veterans and remember their sacrifices is to continue to share their stories, and the values they fought to protect.”

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Carol is a three-term MP who has worked hard for Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing since being elected in 2008. In addition to her role as MP, Carol serves as Assistant Deputy Speaker and Chair of Committees of the Whole in Canada’s 42nd Parliament. A tireless advocate for the communities she serves, Carol was a leading figure in the fight to preserve ten federal constituencies for Northern Ontario. She has been a prominent spokesperson for passenger rail service, preserving postal service outlets, and good jobs in the region. Carol has worked with First Nations on local and national issues and served as the New Democrat critic for First Nations Health prior to assuming the responsibilities of Assistant Deputy Speaker. With decades of labour experience, Carol understands the priorities of hardworking families. She has introduced legislation to expand access to Employment Insurance benefits and to require mandatory reporting of workplace accidents and occupational diseases. She has also worked with veterans on legislation that will create a Defence of Canada Medal to honour those who served domestically to protect Canada during the Cold War. Committed to serving all her constituents, Carol maintains full constituency offices in both Kapuskasing and Elliot Lake. She also holds regular clinics in communities throughout the riding. Before entering politics, Carol was a regional representative for the Canadian Labour Congress. Earlier, she worked for Probation and Parole Services in Elliot Lake and Youth Justice Services in Sudbury. A long-time community volunteer and activist, Carol lived in Elliot Lake for nearly three decades with her husband Kieth. And as a proud mother and grandmother, Carol is committed to building a better Canada for future generations.

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