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  • April 16, 2010

Tom Longboat Day Resolution Passes

June 4th will now be known as Tom Longboat Day in Ontario

Today, in the Ontario Legislature, I introduced the Tom Longboat Day Resolution, which called upon the Legislature to Proclaim June 4th Tom Longboat Day in Ontario. The Resolution passed unanimously.

This resolution obtained a great deal of Support from the Members in the Legislature who spoke so eloquently about the life and legend of Tom Longboat.

I would like to thank all of the Members who spoke in support of this resolution, all of the members of the community who took the time to send me your emails of encouragement and who signed petitions in support of this legislation.

This is a great day for Ontario. Our children will now have the opportunity to learn about and be inspired by the story of Tom Longboat.

For a full transcript of today's debate, please visit

Thank you,
Mike Colle

Tom Longboat Day Resolution

That, in the opinion of this House, the Legislative Assembly of Ontario should proclaim June 4th of each year Tom Longboat Day in the Province of Ontario. Born on June 4th, 1887, in the Six Nations Reserve near Brantford, Ontario, Tom Longboat was one of the most celebrated and accomplished athletes in Canadian history, and one of the world's greatest long distance runners. He served as a dispatch carrier with the 107th Pioneer Battalion in France, delivering messages around the most treacherous battlegrounds, Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele. Tom Longboat was a brave Ontarian, who demonstrated strength and poise in the face of discrimination and ridicule, inspiring Ontarians and fans across the world to strive for greatness. Proclaiming June 4th as Tom Longboat Day in Ontario will provide our children, and all Ontarians, the opportunity to learn about and be inspired by Tom Longboat's story, allowing his legacy, and a piece of Ontario's history, to live on.

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