All Canadians shared in your victories. You have made us all very proud. You have captured our imagination and are now the heroes of a new generation of Canadians. You represent the very finest in sport. You are symbols of everything Canada has to offer the world.
We are not used to having visitors on the floor of this House, but this is a special day and we wanted to bend the rules a bit in order to pay tribute to all of you, to congratulate you and to thank you for the great honour you have brought to our country.
My colleagues, I will read out the names of our Olympians and Paralympians. I know it might be difficult, but I would ask you to please hold your applause until the end and not to run on to the floor when I am finished because you will have a chance to meet our athletes in room 253-D right after we are finished this afternoon.
As I call your names—and I know you are a little close together—just raise your hand so that we can get an idea of where you are.
In the Paralympic sports, alpine skiing: Ramona Hoh; Mark Ludbrook; Daniel Wesley; Marni Winder, accompanied by her guide Dale Winder; and Karolina Wisniewska.
In cross-country skiing: Colette Bourgonje.
In sledge hockey: Yves Carrier, Dean Delaurier, David Eamer, Jamie Eddy, Angelo Gavillucci, Jean Labonté, Daniel Labrie, Robert Lagacé, Hervé Lord, Shawn Matheson, Dean Mellway, Todd Nicholson and Pierre Pichette.
The coaches of sledge hockey: Tom Goodings, Larry Hogan and Pierre Schweda.
In bobsleigh: David MacEachern.
In women's curling: Jan Betker; Atina Ford; Marcia Gudereit; Joan McCusker; and their coach, Anita Ford.
In men's curling: Mike Harris—