Mr. Speaker, from today until May 22, the national capital region will again host the Canadian Tulip Festival.
To mark the opening of the festival, Her Royal Highness Princess Margriet of the Netherlands took part in a midday ceremony at Major's Hill Park to launch the 1995 edition of the festival. The festival also coincides with the 50th anniversary of the liberation of the Netherlands by Canadian troops.
This is a good opportunity to remember the thousands of Canadians who fought on Dutch soil and all those who died in the liberation effort. Again this year, the Canadian Tulip Festi-
val will probably stand out as one of the highlights of the national capital's tourist event calendar.
I wish the princess a most enjoyable stay in Canada, the organizers more clement weather than today, and a very good time to all those who will participate in the many activities scheduled.
I would also like to congratulate all the organizers and invite my colleagues to visit the festival in the coming days.