House of Commons Hansard #107 of the 38th Parliament, 1st Session. (The original version is on Parliament's site.) The word of the day was workers.


Workplace Psychological Harassment Prevention ActAdjournment Proceedings

6:25 p.m.


Stéphane Bergeron Bloc Verchères—Les Patriotes, QC

Madam Speaker, like the Minister of Canadian Heritage, the parliamentary secretary is trying to use a simplistic discourse to have those who still believe in justice perceived as whiners.

On February 23, I simply asked the Minister of Canadian Heritage if she intended to intervene again with the Queen in order to specifically ask that she go to Acadia to do what needs to be done with regard to the Acadian people.

The minister replied in jest that she did not control the Queen's agenda. By giving such a reply, the minister not only joked about an issue that deserves more consideration and respect, she also squarely eluded the question.

Therefore, I am putting that question again and I hope that, this time, the parliamentary secretary will avoid making hollow statements and will show more respect for those who are patiently waiting for this royal recognition. When will this government do what was suggested by Sheila Copps, the predecessor of the current Minister of Canadian Heritage, and formally ask Her Majesty to go to Grand-Pré, in Acadia, to read the royal proclamation that he seems so proud of?

Workplace Psychological Harassment Prevention ActAdjournment Proceedings

6:25 p.m.


Keith Martin Liberal Esquimalt—Juan de Fuca, BC

Madam Speaker, perhaps the member did not listen to my speech so I will repeat the salient points. I will outline once again what our government has done to commemorate this extraordinary and profoundly tragic part of our history which took place 250 years ago, to honour the Acadians who are here in our country today, to honour their history and to honour the members of their families who so long ago paid enormous sacrifices.

We signed a royal proclamation in December 2003. We have honoured them also by designating July 28 as an official day of commemoration. I also want to draw to the member's attention once again that the Queen visited New Brunswick during her golden jubilee year in 2002.

The Queen is the Queen of all of the Commonwealth that stretches around the globe. She cannot be everywhere at any one time, but she has honoured us by visiting our country many times, and the member from the Bloc Québécois should sign a letter thanking the Queen for visiting Canada once again.

Workplace Psychological Harassment Prevention ActAdjournment Proceedings

6:30 p.m.

The Acting Speaker (Hon. Jean Augustine)

The motion to adjourn the House is now deemed to have been adopted.

Accordingly this House stands adjourned until tomorrow at 10 a.m. pursuant to Standing Order 24(1).

(The House adjourned at 6:30 p.m.)