Mr. Speaker, as we saw yesterday morning, the canonization of Brother André is a very joyous and proud occasion for the Catholic community in Quebec and Canada and also for the world's many pilgrims.
His legacy, which is not only physical but also human, is reflected in the magnificent monument that is St. Joseph's Oratory.
He personifies faith and perseverance, and he showed the importance of his charitable work with the poorest and most vulnerable members of society.
Yesterday in Rome, Brother André received the highest recognition the Catholic church can bestow on one of its own. His work and his dedication to others serve as a model of compassion, strength and humility.
We would like to draw members' attention to the recognition of Brother André as a saint and his important contribution to Canadian society and to his religious heritage.