The member of parliament for the Kapuskasing area introduced Defense of Canada Medal legislation in the House of Commons last week. Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing MP Carol Hughes says the medal would help acknowledge those who served Canada during the cold war.

“These individuals served in the protection of Canada from threats posed by the countries behind the Iron Curtain,” she said. “They were trained and prepared to defend Canada in all ways necessary, but fortunately were never engaged on home soil.”

She says the bill has received a lot of support from Canadians right across the country.

“This act represents the vision of Algoma-Manitoulin-Kapuskasing resident, retired Captain Ulrich Krings and has wide-spread support across the country, especially from those who worked so hard to keep us safe and prepared during those unsettling times,” she said.

The medal would be given to those who served in regular and reserve forces, police forces, as well as emergency measures and civil organizations.