Mr. Speaker, our government believes that Canada's most important relationship is the one we have with our first nations.
Today I would like to pay tribute to three communities that play an important role in the development of northern New Brunswick. In my riding of Madawaska—Restigouche, a name with Mi'kmaq language origins, I have the privilege of working closely with three dynamic first nation communities. The Eel River Bar First Nation is located on the north shore of Chaleur Bay.
Further west we have the Madawaska Maliseet First Nation.
Finally, the Listuguj First Nation, located just across the Restigouche River on the Gaspé Peninsula, is nevertheless a very important economic presence in the Restigouche region.
These communities are thriving hubs of activity, and their potential for economic, cultural, and social development is enormous.
This year we are celebrating Canada's 150th anniversary. What a wonderful opportunity to have a conversation with our first nations about the country we want to live in for the next 150 years.
Happy birthday, Canada.