Sarkis ASSADOURIAN

ASSADOURIAN, Sarkis

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Brampton Centre (Ontario)
Birth Date
January 25, 1948
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarkis_Assadourian
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=0a082eeb-65fc-4738-aead-82a77b8fa85a&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
businessman, contractor, executive director

Parliamentary Career

October 25, 1993 - April 27, 1997
LIB
  Don Valley North (Ontario)
June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Brampton Centre (Ontario)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Brampton Centre (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration (January 13, 2003 - December 11, 2003)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 2 of 84)


March 25, 2004

Mr. Sarkis Assadourian (Brampton Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to congratulate my colleague for the presentation she made. I would like to ask her a question regarding the interest rates.

A few years ago, we had interest rates of 10%, 15%, 22% for mortgages, and now interest rates are the lowest they have been for the last 40 or 45 years. If someone had a house with a mortgage of $100,000 on average, or maybe a bit more now, savings from this interest rate mortgage payment would be enormous for the household of Canadians living with a mortgage.

The opposition complain that there are no tax breaks this time around, but we are living with the biggest tax breaks any government has ever given: $100 billion to taxpayers a few years ago. It is still in that process.

Could the hon. member comment on the low interest rate impact on mortgage payees? They are saving thousands of dollars a year because our government policy has generated such a low interest rate for mortgage holders and business people.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   The Budget
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March 25, 2004

Mr. Sarkis Assadourian (Brampton Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I was following attentively the comments made by the critic for the Reform, Alliance, Conservative Party of Canada.

I have to remind hon. members that this is the seventh consecutive budget with a surplus. Canada is the only country in the G-7 nations that has done so. The government has given approximately $36.8 billion toward health care. It has also provided an additional $665 million to deal with health emergencies, such as SARS, so we will be ready for the future.

I wonder if my colleague read today's Globe and Mail headline which read, “PM seeks 10-year medicare plan”. The article states that the Prime Minister has asked the Minister of Health to prepare a sustainable 10 year plan for our nation in time for an upcoming meeting of the premiers in August.

Is the hon. member opposed to that plan? He said that he did not support the government nor the plan presented to Canadians in the budget. Everybody appreciates this plan with the exception of the hon. member. Could he comment on the points I have made?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   The Budget
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February 25, 2004

Mr. Sarkis Assadourian

Mr. Speaker, I am sure anyone who would study these historical facts would find many undisputed facts in this presentation.

I mentioned earlier that the Créditistes in the 1960s were probably the first political party in the House of Commons to raise the issue of the Armenian genocide. Since then, in the 1970s and 1980s we passed many resolutions in the House to bring the issue into focus for the Canadian public.

I have to say that the issue was quite forceful and brought out many points of view on how to solve this problem. I am pleased that our Parliament in the past 10 years has passed many resolutions. One resolution was passed a couple of years ago by the Senate. The resolution asked the government and the Parliament of Canada to recognize this genocide as an historic event.

The second resolution passed nine to seven in the foreign affairs committee. That was an historic day for us. The foreign affairs committee accepted the fact that the House of Commons must recognize the act of genocide and passed the resolution on to the Government of Canada. I would like to have that motion passed again.

The motion was:

That the Committee invite the House of Commons to recognize the genocide of the Armenians, which began at the turn of the last C century, by the Ottoman Turks, during the First World War.

There was also a resolution passed in 1996 which was mentioned earlier. The resolution declared April 20 to 27 as a week of remembrance of the inhumanity to fellow man.

What is important is that we have to continue this struggle not only for the sake of Armenians, not only for the sake of the Turks, but it is vital to recognize the historical fact. When we take positive steps, it will help bring these two nations together forever. They will live together because Armenia and Turkey are still there. Armenia will not vanish and neither will Turkey.

It is better that we do our part to bring them together so they can move forward for the peace, security and prosperity of both the Armenians and Turks.

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Armenian People
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February 25, 2004

Mr. Sarkis Assadourian (Brampton Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I was following the comments made by my hon. colleague. He mentioned that he knows of a financial agency that benefited from the proceeds of crime. My question to him is that I wonder whether he reported this situation to the police. If he has not, I wonder why he did not report it to the police.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Contraventions Act
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February 25, 2004

Mr. Sarkis Assadourian

Mr. Speaker, I would like to table the documents I mentioned earlier. I have clippings from the Evening Telegram , the New York Times , the London Times and the Globe and Mail newspapers. These documents speak about the issue at the time. They are not edited. They are simply historical facts as they were written in 1915.

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Armenian People
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