Mr. Speaker, I am very proud to rise today to mark the 375th anniversary of my hometown, Montreal.
Montreal is the epitome of unity in diversity. From Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue to Rivière-des-Prairies, Montreal is home to many peoples from all sorts of backgrounds and cultures.
A world-class city full of joie de vivre, it hosts the Formula One, the jazz festival, and Just for Laughs. Montreal is also synonymous with the Canadiens, who have won the Stanley Cup 24 times, as well as heroes like Jean Béliveau and Maurice “Rocket” Richard.
No matter where you are in the city, whether at Saint Joseph's Oratory, on Mount Royal, or in Old Montreal, rich in history, art, and gastronomy, there is no better place than Montreal.
Let us pay this warm and welcoming city the tribute it deserves. I invite Canadians from across the country to join me in marking the 375th anniversary of this magical place.