Mr. André Bachand (Richmond—Arthabaska, PC)
Mr. Speaker, today in Quebec marks the first National Fight Against Homophobia Day. The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about the scourge that is homophobia.
In recent years, there has been progress mainly on human rights issues. Unfortunately, there are still far too many prejudices and reservations in our society about homosexuals, who are no different than anyone else. They fully contribute to the success of our society, just as heterosexuals do.
I fundamentally believe that everyone is equal. Everyone must be treated with respect and understanding. We, as Canadians, must take our responsibilities and strongly condemn any homophobic act or statement.
I applaud Foundation Emergence and any organization that lends a sympathetic ear to gays and lesbians in Quebec for their commitment to fighting homophobia.
As a member of the Progressive Conservative Party, I am asking: when will there be a day against all forms of homophobia in Canada? Soon, I hope.
Subtopic: National Fight Against Homophobia Day