moved for leave to introduce Bill C-301, an act to amend the Statistics Act (ethnicity question).
Madam Speaker, it is a pleasure for me to rise on behalf of the constituents of Calgary East to introduce my private member's bill in the House today. The purpose of the bill is to ensure that no questions can be asked in the Statistics Canada population census to determine a person's ethnicity.
Ours is a great country that respects equal rights and equal opportunities for all Canadians. Laws, programs and services must be available for all. Our nation is blessed with people from all around the world. The one common thread that holds us all together is that we are all Canadians.
I hope my colleagues recognize the intent of the bill, which is to promote equality, because we are and will remain always Canadians.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)