South Centre is what I meant. Winnipeg South Centre and Winnipeg North Centre-they represent two extremities.
I commend the hon. member for Winnipeg North Centre for the generous spirit which led him to introduce this bill which deserves the most careful consideration.
However, as I said a while ago, it should be integrated into much wider legislation and, in my opinion, it should be referred to a committee where more time could be given to its study and where the necessary amendments could be made.
For instance, if we look at section 2 of the bill, we see that statutory holidays are enumerated. Here again, this is merely an insignificant detail, but a detail which nevertheless should be rectified, because the statutory holidays listed in the bill do not correspond at all to what is considered as statutory or non legal holidays in the province of Quebec.
For instance, the member for Winnipeg North Centre suggests that New Year's day be a statutory holiday. Well, New Year's day is one of the non legal holidays recognized under the civil code. There is also the day of Epiphany, on January 6. But, in the bill we are considering, January 6 or the day of Epiphany is not recognized as a statutory holiday. To my mind, there could be some citizens in the province of Quebec who would like to have January 6 as a statutory holiday.
There is also December 8 which is, for the people of the province of Quebec, a day of very special significance while for other members, it would not have the same importance.
You also have Victoria day. Certain other people would prefer to celebrate on that day the reigning monarch instead of a former monarch. And this, no matter what ideas have been expressed previously. In my opinion, it would be far more appropriate to celebrate the anniversary of the reigning monarch rather than that of a former queen. Therefore, the anniversary of the reigning monarch could be a statutory holiday, more so than Victoria day. The members on the other side of the house, those of the Conservative party, suggest the creation of a Sir John A. Macdonald day; that day could become a statutory holiday.