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MP Kurek introduces bill recognizing Western heritage

The bill would introduce a brand as a Canadian symbol
MP Kurek has submitted this brand as a national brand for Canada.

MP Damien Kurek, the member of parliament for Battle River – Crowfoot, has introduced a new private members bill seeking to acknowledge and promote "the role Western and frontier heritage played in building Canada."

Kurek's Bill, Act to Recognize a National Livestock Brand as a Symbol of Canada's Western and Frontier Heritage, was introduced via a media release on June 20.

The bill, if passed, will see a Canadian-themed livestock brand enshrined as a national symbol along with the maple tree, hockey and lacrosse, the Canadian tartan, and others. 

“It would be fitting to have a livestock brand as a Canadian national symbol," said Kurek, via the release.

"More than just a way to identify livestock, a brand holds cultural and heraldic significance. This symbolism is also important for indigenous peoples, especially on the prairies. This bill would give credit to so many, past and present, who have spent their lives building Canada.

"It is time Parliament recognized Western and frontier heritage, especially the work pioneers, farmers, ranchers and indigenous peoples have done in building our economy and our communities.”

According to the release, Alberta also has its own recognized provincial brand.