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Press Release 2006

Oak Ridges MPP, Frank Klees to Sign "Support our Troops" Yellow Ribbon

at Canadian National Exhibition

Captain Saj Rahman and

Frank Klees MPP

Photos by Corporal Benoit Tardivel

Canadian Forces Liason Council

Mr. Klees was one of the more than 100,000 visitors to the CNE who signed the "Support Our Troops" banners. Over 150 of these signed banners will be sent to Canadian Forces soldiers, sailors and aircrew serving on overseas missions.

 For Immediate Release

 August 18, 2006

( August 18, 2006): Frank Klees, the Progressive Conservative MPP from Oak Ridges, will be one of the prominent politicians from the GTA to sign the giant yellow ribbon at the Canadian Forces booth at the Canadian National Exhibition, today August 18 at 3:30 p.m. The Yellow Ribbon campaign will be officially launched tomorrow, August 19, as part of the annual Veterans' Day celebrations at the CNE. The Yellow Ribbon initiative has been mounted by the Canadian Forces as part of its "Connecting with Canadians" campaign to remind Canadians of the important role the Canadian Forces play, both overse as and at home.

"I have always believed that we rarely acknowledge the important roles tha t the men and women of the Canadian Forces play at home and abroad and the sacrifices they and their families make for all of us", Mr. Klees explained. "I wanted to sign the Yellow Ribbon as a personal sign of gratitude and I decided to sign it before its official launch in order to draw attention to the campaign and encourage my constituents and all residents of the GTA to visit the Canadian Forces booth at the CNE to sign the Yellow Ribbon themselves."

Formal invitations to sign the "Yellow Ribbon" were sent out to leading municipal, provincial and federal politicians in the GTA. Members of the public are also being invited to sign the "Yellow Ribbon" when they attend the CNE this year. The campaign organizers are hoping for at least 100,000 signatures during the run of the CNE.

Klees a lso s aid: "I am honoured to be one of the community leaders asked to sign the Yellow Ribbon. This is not a political statement in support of any particular mission abroad. It's simply a unique opportunity to show our support for our troops in the very difficult and often dangerous tasks tha t they have been assigned. "

The Canadia n Forces booth where the Yellow Ribbon is housed is located just inside the Princess Gates of the CNE. The Yellow Ribbon will be available for signature by members of the public from August 19 to closing day of the CNE on September 4.

Contacts:

Frank Klees, MPP

Constituency Office: 905-707-3160

Canadia n Forces:

Captain Phil Ralph: 416-275-7448