Bill 194 2007
An Act to proclaim Pope John Paul II Day
Pope John Paul II, who was born in Poland on May 18, 1920, reigned as Pope of the Roman Catholic Church from October 16, 1978 until his death on April 2, 2005. His reign was marked by his steadfast opposition to communism, and he is often credited as one of the forces that contributed to its collapse in Eastern Europe in 1990.
His legacy reflects his lifelong commitment to international understanding, peace and the defence of equality and human rights. His legacy has an all-embracing meaning that is particularly relevant to Canada's multi-faith and multicultural traditions and experience.
As one of the great spiritual leaders of contemporary times, Pope John Paul II visited Ontario twice during his pontificate of more than 25 years. On his visits, he was enthusiastically greeted by our province's diverse religious and cultural communities.
Therefore, Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Legislative Assembly of the Province of Ontario, enacts as follows:
Pope John Paul II Day
1. April 2 in each year is proclaimed as Pope John Paul II Day.
2. This Act comes into force on the day it receives Royal Assent.
3. The short title of this Act is the Pope John Paul II Day Act, 2007.
The Bill proclaims April 2 in each year as Pope John Paul II Day.