Mr. Speaker, today being Lebanon's 74th anniversary, I wish Lebanese people around the world, and especially Lebanese Canadians, a happy national holiday.
The Lebanese community, the largest Arab Canadian community, is making a remarkable and growing contribution to Canadian heritage. The Lebanese, most of whom have chosen the province of Quebec as their home, are not only bilingual, they are also a diverse group, comprising of 18 religious denominations. They are active in politics, science, medicine, music, and the economy.
Through this diversity, the Lebanese community reinforces the fundamental values of the charter of Canada.
I hope that Lebanon will find the best possible ways to maintain peace within its borders.
Once again, I wish all of the Lebanese people and all Lebanese Canadians a happy national holiday.