Mr. Speaker, something I consider very serious happened in question period.
The member for Beauséjour—Petitcodiac, in putting a question to the government House leader, the member for Glengarry—Prescott—Russell, knowingly altered remarks I had made in this House yesterday, remarks I could read back to you in their entirety, if I may, since they were made pursuant to Standing Order 31.
I will then insist that these remarks, in which I am made to say that the region did not deserve to hold the Games of La Francophonie, be withdrawn from Hansard . I also insist on an apology from the two members who interpreted remarks I never made.
Here is the statement that I made yesterday under Standing Order 31:
In 2001 Canada will be hosting the IVth Games of la Francophonie. They will be held in Ottawa, the capital and a unilingual English city.
This is true. These games will be held in Hull and also in Ottawa, which is unilingual.
First, according to Statistics Canada, 91% of the population of the city of Ottawa speak English only—
This is from Statistics Canada. Furthermore, again according to Statistics Canada, less than 10% of the population of the city of Ottawa is francophone.