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 3 of 84)


February 25, 2004

Mr. Sarkis Assadourian (Brampton Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I congratulate the hon. member from the Bloc Quebecois for presenting the motion.

I would ask the member for her comments on the following two questions. After the French government recently passed a motion on genocide, the Swiss government did a similar thing. Could she comment on the reaction by the Turkish government to protest the action of the Swiss government? That is my first question.

Second, we have received many letters of complaint from the Turkish point of view from the United States. Those are Americans telling us what to do. I wonder if she would comment on those two points.

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Armenian People
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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 24, 2004

Mr. Sarkis Assadourian

Mr. Speaker, I will be voting no on this motion.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Contraventions Act
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February 17, 2004

Mr. Sarkis Assadourian (Brampton Centre, Lib.)

Madam Speaker, congratulations on your new position.

The hon. member mentioned earlier that we had paid money to the police associations to support us. Is he saying that we bribe the police and that the police receive bribes from us? Could he clarify that point?

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Supply
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February 17, 2004

Mr. Sarkis Assadourian (Brampton Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Health.

The avian flu has become a major concern in many areas that are involved in the poultry industry. My area of Brampton Centre is the home of one of Ontario's largest poultry processing plants.

Considering the fact that the flu has now been detected in the U.S., could the minister inform the House what measures are being taken by the government to assure that the health of Canadians is not at risk from the avian flu?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Health
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