1944: D-Day and Parliament

1944: D-Day and Parliament

June 6, 2017 10:43amET

On the morning of June 6, 1944, a flotilla of 110 Canadian warships crossed the English Channel as part of history’s largest seaborne invasion. Their destination was the Normandy coast of France, held by Germany since 1940.

There were 359 Canadian deaths at Juno Beach, and thousands of casualties throughout the Normandy campaign, but an Allied foothold in western Europe was secure. More than 14,000 soldiers landed, with another 10,000 sailors on board ships and the Royal Canadian Air Force providing support from above.

How did parliamentarians react inside the House of Commons? Browse our interactive feature to read the speeches and learn more from the annotations:

June 6: The Landings D-Day

William Lyon Mackenzie King - D-Day

June 8: Next Steps?


June 12: Casualties

D-Day casualties


2014: Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other dignitaries mark the 70th anniversary of Canada’s landing at Juno Beach with a ceremony in Courseulles-sur-Mer, France.

-Compiled by Andrew Thomson

TOP PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: Troops from the the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade (Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry Highlanders) go ashore at Juno Beach, Bernières-sur-mer, on June 6, 1944. Library and Archives Canada