Mr. Speaker, February is Black History Month.
It gives us the opportunity to underline and appreciate the important contribution that people of African origin have made to Canada and to Quebec. Thousands of them worked to build a better Quebec, and they were not always able to enjoy the fruits of their labour.
Today, racial discrimination has regressed, but as Dan Philip, chairman of the Black Coalition of Quebec, pointed out: “We have to work hard and to work together within a Quebec that is open and friendly, a Quebec where all forms of discrimination would gradually disappear”.
I am proud to announce that, tomorrow, a young woman from my riding, Jennie Dorsaint, will receive the Mathieu Da Costa award in recognition of her efforts to bring together people from different cultural backgrounds.
Thank you, Jennie, for promoting mutual understanding and respect among Quebeckers of various origins.