Save Juno Beach Campaign Gains Support of Parliament

Posted April 11, 2022

Save Juno Beach Campaign Gains Support of Parliament 

As the Save Juno Beach campaign gains momentum, Canadians have sent nearly 50,000 letters to Members of Parliament, cabinet ministers and ambassadors in Canada and France demanding that a luxury seaside condominium development planned for Juno Beach be stopped.

Members of Parliament across the country have heard loud and clear from Canadians about their opposition to this proposed development at such an important site in our shared history. Juno Beach is one of the most sacred places in Canadian military history.

In just under a month, large numbers of elected officials are now standing shoulder to shoulder, regardless of their political stances, to stop this development of Juno Beach that is so deeply disrespectful. On March 29th, 2022, Frank Caputo, MP for Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo, introduced the following motion at the House of Commons Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs:

THAT given that Juno Beach is one of the most sacred places in Canadian military history, the Standing Committee on Veterans Affairs objects to plans to develop the area immediately adjacent to the Juno Beach Centre, expresses its support for the Save Juno Beach campaign in Canada, calls on the government to provide financial or other support for the Save Juno Beach Centre Association in order to protect the integrity of Canada’s primary site of Second World War commemoration overseas and reports this motion to the House of Commons.

MP Caputo’s Motion passed with unanimous consent at the Standing Committee for Veterans Affairs and will be presented to the House of Commons.

French citizens are taking action as well. Thousands are adding their names to a special French petition at to stop the seaside condo development.

As a result of the significant pressure from across Canada and France, the Minister of Veterans Affairs, the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay will travel to Juno Beach on April 13th. The Minister will meet with the Mayor of Courseulles-sur-Mer, the Canadian-owned Juno Beach Centre and then travel to Paris for meetings with French representatives.

Armed with the support of thousands of Canadians and French and instructed by the House of Commons to provide financial and other support for the Juno Beach Centre, we expect the Minister of Veterans Affairs to speak with his counterparts in France to emphasize the extreme importance of this site and seek a diplomatic resolution to this situation. The Minister of Veterans Affairs and the Minister of Foreign Affairs must, at the very least, work with the French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the French Minister for Tourism, and the President of the General Council of the Calvados to ensure that the private road leading to the Juno Beach Centre is not used for construction as this could threaten their operations.

Meanwhile, the Save Juno Beach campaign continues to urge Canadians to email their Member of Parliament to keep building pressure on both the Canadian and the French governments to find a solution to building luxury condos on Juno Beach, the historical D-Day landing site for Canadian soldiers in WWII.

Save Juno Beach



Posted April 11, 2022

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Developers in Normandy are planning to build seaside condos on the site of Canada’s D-Day landings. That’s not right. If we’re going to preserve the sanctity of this hallowed ground and honour the memory of the soldiers who fought and died on D-Day, we need Canadians like you to speak up so our politicians will step up. Email your Member of Parliament today! Let them know we need their voice to help Save Juno Beach!

A questionable municipal land deal has turned over a large portion of Juno Beach to developers who plan to build 70 seaside condos atop this historic site. Pleas from local opposition, attempts to negotiate, and over two years of litigation — which have drained the coffers of the Juno Beach Centre — have fallen on deaf ears and left no real path towards resolution. French authorities are looking the other way and aggressive actions by the developer — despite further court actions — could see shovels in the ground within weeks.  The legacy that our veterans built for future generations may disappear entirely.

We need to preserve the sanctity of this battlefield to ensure future generations have a place to reflect on the story of the incredible sons who conquered their fear to liberate a country and a continent from that beach. Building luxury seaside condos undermines the duty of memory we owe to those soldiers and it insults their sacrifice. This development is a threat to the Centre that preserves the story of those who fought at such great cost to secure Juno Beach.

“Lest We Forget” must be more than just words. The phrase means that we will do all that is necessary to honour our history, remember the valour of our soldiers who fought and died and memorialize the places that preserve the story of Canadian soldiers who put their lives on hold – or sacrificed them entirely – to fight for a better world.

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