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JOHN PAUL II DAY IN ONTARIO
Ontario declares April 2 Pope John Paul II Day. The Legislative Assembly of Ontario on March 17, 2014, unanimously voted in favour of Bill 72, an Act proclaiming April 2 of each year as Pope John Paul II Day. This was a private Member's bill by Liberal MPP Ms. Dipika Damerla of the riding of Mississauga East-Cooksville. The Act came into force on March 25. John Paul II and Blessed John XXIII were canonized on April 27, 2014 at a celebration in Saint Peter's Square, presided by Pope Francis.
JOHN PAUL II DAY IN CANADA
The bill to establish Pope John Paul II Day in Canada passed the Senate Dec. 16 and has received royal assent.
Conservative MP Wladyslaw Lizon introduced private member’s Bill C-266, an Act to establish Pope John Paul II Day in Canada, in 2011. The bill designates April 2 as Pope John Paul II Day, though does not make it a legal holiday or non-juridical day.
Lizon’s bill passed the House of Commons in the spring of 2013 with support from members of all three major political parties.
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