question period — National Defence

National Sentry Program

November 5, 2020

Hon. Michael L. MacDonald

Honourable senators, my question is for the government leader in the Senate.

Since 2014, soldiers from the Canadian Armed Forces have stood sentry at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier from April to November every year to honour Canada’s fallen. In the same year, Corporal Nathan Cirillo was tragically killed at his post by an assailant as he stood by the tomb. Canadians will always remember his sacrifice.

Recently, the Minister of National Defence stated:

The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is one of our most significant reminders of the service and sacrifice of members of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Yet the minister did not indicate whether the government remains committed to the National Sentry Program going forward.

Senator Gold, I wonder if you can find out if the government is committed to continuing the sentry program at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier on a permanent basis to honour the sacrifice of Canadians who have died in service to the country?

Hon. Marc Gold (Government Representative in the Senate)

Thank you, Senator MacDonald. Nice to see you. I will have to make inquiries, and I’ll get back to the chamber as soon as possible.

The Hon. the Speaker

Do you have a supplementary question, Senator MacDonald?


Yes. Senator Gold, when you’re making your inquiries, could you confirm that the government is also committed to holding the National Sentry Program for the same length of time each year, which is from Vimy Ridge Day until November 10, the day before Remembrance Day?

Senator Gold

I certainly will. Thank you.