Mr. Speaker, October 5 is World Teachers' Day. Let us reflect on the vital role teachers play in our society.
Teaching is about more than passing on knowledge. It is also about listening, understanding, explaining, guiding, encouraging, developing, training, educating, and instilling values, principles and ideals.
Teaching is also about helping to shape an identity.
Teaching is a profession that carries with it some very weighty responsibilities and, too often, we neglect to point this out. We forget to thank the people who are there for students, who support their initiatives and who guide their steps.
Today, the Bloc Quebecois pays tribute to these women and men who play a role in developing our society's most important resource, our young people.