Mr. Speaker, boa tarde.
Last month, during the state visit of the Portuguese prime minister, António Costa, both he and our Prime Minister paid tribute to the Portuguese community and its contributions to Canada. They both expressed pride that this year, for the first time ever at the national level, Canada will be celebrating June as Portuguese Heritage Month, and June 10 as Portugal Day.
I would like to thank all the Portuguese leaders, clubs, associations, and media, not only in my riding, Davenport, but also across the country, who have tirelessly promoted the Portuguese culture, language, and community. They serve as an inspiration for this national recognition. It is to honour them and their aspirations for the Portuguese to be recognised at the highest level of our nation and be celebrated for their many contributions to Canada.
Whether cheering on Ronaldo during the World Cup, singing along to a Shawn Mendes tune, or eating pastéis de nata, Portugal's famous custard tart, we should take the time to celebrate Portugal this month.
Viva Portugal, and viva Canada. Obrigada.