Mr. Speaker, today we are celebrating Canada Marine Day here in Ottawa and across the country.
The marine industry has played a vital role in the development and growth of Canada. Whether moving goods or people across the sea or through the Great Lakes, we have grown and prospered along our waterways, and the marine industry was and continues to be the lifeblood of many communities.
Canada Marine Day celebrates our glorious marine history, but more important, it recognizes the industry's future in our great country. Whether it is getting our agricultural products from the west to their markets in Asia, shipping raw materials across the Atlantic, or moving manufactured goods through the Great Lakes, the marine industry continues to be a leading industry in Canada.
The marine industry will continue to be an efficient, effective and environmentally safe mode of transportation for many generations to come.
Let us celebrate Canada Marine Day. It is our past. It is our present. It is our future.