Mr. Speaker, first of all, I must thank the people of my riding for their support and their confidence in the last federal election.
The purpose of my statement is to inform you and all hon. members that the beautiful riding of Terrebonne, just northeast of Montreal, does not have a commuter train service, unlike municipalities situated at the other end of the island. For many years, this has been a hot issue in my region, marked by much hesitation and delay.
So, I would like to bring it to the government's attention and also to say that in the famous omnibus infrastructure program special consideration should be given to areas like Laval-Laurentides-Lanaudière and their economic development.
A commuter train, while making Montreal more easily and more directly accessible, would also give a fresh impetus to our regional economy which, although very dynamic, needs it badly.