Mr. Speaker, it is a pleasure to rise today to recognize the very special relationship between Canada and the Philippines.
For many years now the Philippines has been the number one source of immigration to the province of Manitoba. The impact nationwide has been very profound. Over the last number of years, we have seen a large number of immigrants coming from the Philippines, not only as immigrants but also as workers. Many come on an annual basis to visit, to attend our schools, and so forth.
It is encouraging that since the election, the Prime Minister has visited the Philippines, as have the minister of free trade, and others visit.
I want to highlight the importance of two great nations having a special relationship. As we move forward into the future, we hope to see more bridging of our two nations, sharing and embellishing a very rich Filipino heritage, which is quickly becoming a part of Canadian heritage itself.