Mr. Speaker, on behalf of Bloc Quebecois members, I wish to congratulate skaters Jamie Salé and David Pelletier on their gold medal in pairs at the Salt Lake City Olympic Winter Games.
I had the personal honour of attending the exceptional performance of these two athletes. It was a moment of intense emotion for everyone.
Jamie Salé and David Pelletier are two athletes with talent to spare. They skated with strength and determination, and their customary professionalism. And they deserve much credit for the dignity with which they handled the uncertain and confusing events of the week.
The Bloc Quebecois feels that our athletes and trainers deserve decent financial support from the federal government.
It is now up to us to recognize their talents and give them the resources they so badly need.