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Viola Desmond Day Act


(as introduced)

2nd Session, 61st General Assembly
Nova Scotia
59 Elizabeth II, 2010

Private Member's Bill

Viola Desmond Day Act

Alfie MacLeod
Cape Breton West

First Reading: April 1, 2010

Second Reading:

Third Reading:

An Act to Establish a Day
to Recognize Viola Desmond

WHEREAS Nova Scotia has a rich and varied culture of which it is proud;

AND WHEREAS part of this culture is that of our African-Canadian heritage;

AND WHEREAS On November 8, 1946, Viola Desmond was refused admittance to general seating in a theatre because of her colour;

AND WHEREAS as a direct result of her taking a stand against this discrimination, laws allowing segregation practices were repealed;

THEREFORE be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:

1 This Act may be cited as the Viola Desmond Day Act.

2 Throughout the Province, in each and every year, November 8th shall be kept and observed under the name of Viola Desmond Day.


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