Mr. Fernand Jourdenais (La Prairie):
Mr. Speaker, I would like to draw the attention of the House to the fact that this week, April 18 to 24, is National Volunteer Week.
This is an opportunity for all of us to express our heartfelt thanks to the more than 13 million Canadians who volunteer their time, skills and energies to enhance the quality of life in their community.
We cannot repeat often enough how much we appreciate their commitment and the services they provide. Volunteers have become an essential and vital part of Canadian society and a major economic resource.
Through their work, volunteers have made a major contribution to this country. We have everything to gain as a society by maintaining this tradition of generosity and caring.
I suggest we take this opportunity to urge people to join those 13 million volunteers across the country. Since this is their week, I think it is appropriate to say how proud we are of what they do, and I want to say: thank you.
Subtopic: NATIONAL VOLUNTEER WEEK