May 3, 2018 QUEEN’S PARK – Percy Hatfield, MPP for Windsor–Tecumseh, introduced a Private Member's Bill on Thursday to create a Memorial Cross licence plate.
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The ‘Memorial’ or ‘Silver Cross’ plates have been available in Saskatchewan and British Columbia for several years. They are given to the closest relatives of Canadian military personnel killed in combat while serving their country.
Twenty-three year old Cpl. Andrew Grenon of Windsor lost his life on the 3rd of September, 2008 while on patrol in the Zhari District of Afghanistan’s southern Kandahar Province. His mother Theresa Charbonneau, Windsor’s Silver Cross Mother, regularly attends the memorial services at the Windsor Cenotaph. Hatfield spoke with her about the plates and then approached several cabinet ministers about the possibility of the Liberal government introducing them in Ontario. Although they all indicated it was a great idea, nothing happened, no one would motivate their ministries to take a look at the idea.
“This is a symbolic gesture. I don’t expect, in the final days before an election, that the Liberals will finally take action. However, I owed it to Theresa and her family not to let the government get away with their in-action. It’s a great idea. It’s been adopted elsewhere. There’s no good reason not to make these Memorial Cross plates available in Ontario,” said Hatfield.
“We owe a great debt to those who paid the supreme sacrifice in the service of their country. These special licence plates would demonstrate to their families we share their grief, and we will remember and honour the sacrifice paid by their sons, daughters, and spouses.”