Mr. Speaker, this week Atlantic Canadians were encouraged to pack our bags and head west to find jobs and quickly.
I have news for the hon. member for Capilano-Howe Sound. The government believes that all Canadians deserve the dignity of a job. Our position of respecting and supporting the various needs of Canada's regions has built this country. It was the farsighted immigration policy of Sir Wilfrid Laurier that helped build the west.
I want to remind all members that since last October there are 275,000 more jobs in the country; 26,000 of those jobs are in Atlantic Canada. This sends a strong message of hope to our region. There is hope for improving our economy.
The government is committed to Atlantic Canada. It is committed to all provinces. It is committed to Canada.