June 7, 2007
For Immediate Release

KLEES: Setback for Pope John Paul II Day

(Queen's Park) Oak Ridges MPP Frank Klees today expressed disappointment that his private member's Bill 194, "An Act to Proclaim Pope John Paul II Day" in Ontario did not get passed in this session of the Legislature.

"I know that many will be disappointed that this bill will not be enacted into law because of the early shutting down of the Legislature, but I also want to assure the many thousands who have signed petitions in support of Pope John Paul II Day that I will reintroduce the bill when the Legislature reconvenes following the October 10th provincial election," said Klees.

"Since the tabling of the bill, there have been literally thousands who have signed petitions in support of the proposal to recognize the world-wide contributions of Pope John Paul II," Klees said. "The support has come from people of all faiths and cultures because they recognize that Pope John Paul II was not only a great spiritual leader, but that as a humanitarian he was a builder of bridges between peoples of all faiths and cultures."

Klees' bill was scheduled to be debated on June 14, 2007, but the decision by Premier McGuinty to close the Legislature three weeks early resulted in all business scheduled to be considered by the legislature to be cancelled, including the debate and vote on Pope John Paul II Day

"I am committed to keeping this important initiative alive, and will continue to gather petitions throughout the summer months with a view to reintroducing "An Act to Proclaim Pope John Paul II Day' for passage by the next government in October," Klees said.

"I encourage anyone interested to forward petitions not only to my attention, but to members and candidates running for election over the next few months."

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Frank Klees, MPP

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