Mr. Speaker, this summer an important work on the butterflies of Quebec and Labrador by Louis Handfield, a notary in Mont-Saint-Hilaire, in the beautiful riding of Chambly, was published. It comprises 1,100 pages of text and colour plates.
It is the outcome of thirty-five long years of research and observation and thousands of hours of data collection; it is destined to become an encyclopedia of knowledge in this field.
When I attended the book launch, Mr. Handfield spoke of his one regret: the lack of co-operation by Heritage Canada, which does not allow specimens to be collected in national parks.
On behalf of Mr. Handfield, and in the name of science, I call upon Heritage Canada to make an exception to this ban for entomologists research and studies.
I must again express my admiration for Mr. Handfield, a modest, frank and straightforward gentleman and for his work, which is sure to be a priceless reference tool for at least the first hundred years of the new millennium.
Congratulations, Louis, for this wonderful contribution to natural science.