Mr. Speaker, today is World Tourism Day.
Today we have an opportunity to celebrate the beauty that makes our country an attractive destination.
Canadians could spend a lifetime travelling and experiencing different sceneries, cultures and traditions without ever stepping foot outside Canada. Generations of Canadians have sewn our flag on their backpacks and cultivated respect abroad.
However, the way we are perceived in the world is changing and we must call on our government to do everything it can to restore our precious reputation.
Canada must raise its profile again in the eyes of the international public by accepting South Korea's invitation to Expo 2012.
We must reinstate the GST rebate for travellers, lower uncompetitive airport rents, taxes and fees and reconsider the new visa requirements that have deterred international visitors to support our important tourism businesses.
I encourage all Canadians to continue to enjoy the beauty of our country.