Hon. Andre Ouellet (Papineau-Saint-Michel):
Madam Speaker, I wish to join the Prime Minister in extending my warmest congratulations to the Minister of National Defence on her splendid victory last Sunday. I do so on behalf of the Leader of the Opposition who, unfortunately, had a number of commitments outside Ottawa today and has asked me to act on his behalf. I do so as well on behalf of all my caucus colleagues and of the Liberal Party of Canada.
I also would like to congratulate the four other candidates for the leadership of the Progressive Conservative Party. They all conducted a very good campaign. They showed great dignity and a strong sense of democratic principles. I would like to mention particularly the performance of the Minister of Environment, which reminds me of that of another distinguished colleague in this House, who happens to have the same initials-