Mr. Speaker, yesterday I was deeply wounded by the offensive remarks directed at me by the Minister of Human Resources Development. He suggested that I find myself another country, if I was not happy with his government's policies.
The minister's remarks are discriminatory towards all immigrants and refugees. The worst is that his Liberal and Reform colleagues applauded him.
I am proud of my Chilean background and I share the profound aspirations of the people of Quebec. Far from intimidating me, the minister's remarks have only served to strengthen my sovereignist convictions and to encourage me to work even harder to build a pluralist country that is open to differences and more tolerant.
There is only one thing a minister who makes such remarks can do: resign.