Mr. Speaker, yesterday, Quebec's ministry of sustainable development, environment and parks awarded the 2005 Phénix environment award to Laure Waridel.
A researcher, lecturer and essayist, Laure Waridel personifies, through her steadfast journey, Victor Hugo's famous aphorism, “Today's utopia is tomorrow's reality”.
In 1993, with a group of supporters, she founded Equiterre, a movement that has unceasingly advocated fair trade and an economy with a human face ever since.
In a book entitled Acheter, c'est voter , or “to buy is to vote”, Laure Waridel says, “We often hear people make cynical comments about money ruling the world. But money is not the only source of economic power, and this book is about a power that is accessible to all, that of making consumer choices that foster the development of a responsible economy”.
To the Phénix environment award winner, Laure Waridel, and the 14 Phénix specialized award winners, the Bloc Québécois says well done, we thank Laure for her concern for fairness and her environmental awareness.