Mr. Speaker, with just a few hours to go before the House adjourns for the summer, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members from Quebec and all Quebeckers a wonderful national holiday.
Whether we are going to a big gathering, a block party or a small gathering with friends and family, we should all take this time to tell our loved ones how much we love them. In the words of our national poet, Gilles Vigneault, in his song Gens du pays:
The time we take to say "I love you"
Is the only thing left at the end of our days.
I also want to extend warm wishes to all of the francophones across Canada, from the Yukon to Acadia, who will celebrate Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on June 24. I hope that francophiles near and far will be welcomed by the francophone community that is so dear to me, so that we can all share the values we hold dear.
This holiday was once a celebration of the summer solstice, and I hope that for everyone, it will kick off a beautiful summer filled with rest, holidays and joie de vivre.
I wish everyone a happy national holiday. Happy Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day.