Mr. Speaker, agriculture and the women and men who ensure our food security are at the heart of what has defined Canada since its inception.
On April 8, Normand Gagnon, a farmer from the riding of Saint-Jean, won the “Coup de chapeau” award at the Agristars gala, an honour he richly deserves. The award is also a reflection of the commitment and support of Mr. Gagnon's family, especially his wife, Louise.
Normand and I go way back. We worked together on getting an ethanol plant built in Quebec. Normand has dedicated the past 40 years to defending and promoting the farming profession.
Congratulations on this achievement, Norman. Never stop passionately promoting your noble profession.