Mr. Speaker, in 1999 UNESCO designated March 21 as World Poetry Day, a day on which to give fresh recognition to international poetry movements.
Although there are many forms of artistic expression, painting, song, film, photography, writing, sculpting with clay, everyone would agree that there is no art without poetry, as the celebrated French painter Eugène Delacroix was so fond of saying.
One of the ways in which culture is expressed is through words. Poetry is one of the mediums available to us for expressing who we are, what we are experiencing and feeling, and particularly what we wish to become.
Who better than our poets to illustrate the truth of this? Gilles Vigneault captured it very well:
Avec nos mots, nos jeux, nos travaux et nos danses Nos joies et nos chagrins aussi Quatre cents ans de foi, d'amour et d'espérance Avec ceux qui vivaient ici Nos miroirs et nos différences Nous sommes devenus ce peuple et ce pays.