Mr. Speaker, we are joined today by John Furlong, CEO of the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Paralympian Ray Grassi, Olympian Jayna Hefford and Bell Olympian Jeff Bean.
Two years from now, the Olympic flame will be lit in Vancouver.
Around the world, three billion people will be watching Canada as we host the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
That flame will shine a light on our country like never before, giving us a once in a generation opportunity to share our athletic and creative excellence.
It will also give us an opportunity to honour our aboriginal heritage and to present the very best of Canada to the whole world.
The Vancouver 2010 Games are Canada's Games.
I would like to invite all Canadians to join us in welcoming the people of the world in a spirit of peace, brotherhood and respect.
The 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Games are a time to celebrate, cheer our athletes to gold and show the world the best of Canada.