Mr. Simon de Jong (Regina East):
Mr. Speaker, it is with great pleasure that I rise to take part in this throne speech debate. For me, it is a special honour to stand here today, for I came as an immigrant to this country. My parents came to Canada after experiencing the horrors of the last world war. They came in search of a peaceful place in which to raise their children and they found a home in Regina, Saskatchewan. It is therefore a special honour for me to stand here today as a representative of the community my parents chose as home and in which I was raised.
The community has all the rich social fabric which makes up our country today. Long before the Europeans came, Indians lived on the prairies hunting vast herds of buffalo. Then the explorers came, establishing missions and posts like Lebret and Fort Qu'Appelle. Later came the many waves of European settlers. They came from the Ukraine, the British Isles, Germany, Russia and many other lands. This heritage is all part of our community.
October 18, 1979
The area I represent has a very interesting history. It was not far from Fort Qu'Appelle that General Middleton set off northward to put down the rebellion of the northwest peoples led by Gabrielle Dumont and Louis Riel. It was in Regina that the Conservative government of the day hung Louis Riel in 1885.
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