Mr. Speaker, I want to address statements made in the House on numerous occasions by the hon. Leader of the Official Opposition.
The hon. member often refers to our country being divided in two, with Quebec on one side and English Canada on the other, thus implying that Quebec is French only and the rest of Canada is English only.
I believe this is an injustice and an insult to the 20 per cent of Quebecers who are not of French origin; to the over one million francophones outside Quebec; and as well to the 35 per cent of Canadians who are neither of French or English origin.
I call on the hon. Leader of the Opposition to respect all Canadians of all origins and to please refrain from making such statements in the future.