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National Horse of Canada Act (S.C. 2002, c. 11)

Act current to 2024-06-19

National Horse of Canada Act

S.C. 2002, c. 11

Assented to 2002-04-30

An Act to provide for the recognition of the Canadian horse as the national horse of Canada


WHEREAS the Canadian horse was introduced into Canada in 1665, when the King of France sent horses from his own stables to the people of his North American colony;

WHEREAS the Canadian horse increased in number during the ensuing century to become an invaluable ally to the settlers in their efforts to survive and prosper in their new home;

WHEREAS all Canadians who have known the Canadian horse have made clear their high esteem for the qualities of great strength and endurance, resilience, intelligence and good temper that distinguish the breed;

WHEREAS the Canadian horse was at one time in danger of being lost through interbreeding or as a casualty of war, but has survived these perils;

WHEREAS, since 1885 and all during the present century, widespread and increasingly successful efforts have been made to re-establish and preserve the Canadian horse;

AND WHEREAS the Government of Canada wishes to recognize the unique place of the Canadian horse in the history of Canada;

Her Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Senate and House of Commons of Canada, enacts as follows:

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 This Act may be cited as the National Horse of Canada Act.

The National Horse

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 The horse known as the Canadian horse is hereby recognized and declared to be the national horse of Canada.

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