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 5 of 84)


November 3, 2003

Mr. Sarkis Assadourian

Mr. Speaker, I wonder if the hon. member would comment. We did not reach our 1% target in the last few years although that is the Liberal policy, but how would the bill help us to achieve that target without regulating this? Also, how can the government reach that target without making it difficult for society to absorb new Canadians? If we cannot do it with 225,000 because of, as my colleague said, limitations on funding, how does she expect us to do such a thing in a massive way?

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
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November 3, 2003

Mr. Sarkis Assadourian (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I was following the hon. member's speech very carefully. As a member of the immigration and citizenship committee, she works very hard on this issue.

Basically I think the concept is a very good idea, but the problem is in the details. As the expression goes, the devil is in the details.

Based on her proposal, I wonder if the hon. member could inform us of what she thinks is the maximum capacity of immigrants we are ready to absorb in the country. Would it be 100,000, 200,000 or 500,000 a year? What impact would that have on our society as a whole? I do not think we have enough capacity in the system to absorb and integrate the potential millions who may come to Canada. If we accept this rule, that is a possibility we have to face. We have to address that issue.

Topic:   Private Members' Business
Subtopic:   Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
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October 31, 2003

Mr. Sarkis Assadourian (Brampton Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the Invisible Ribbon Campaign is a public grassroots demonstration of support for the families of military personnel.

This campaign helps reaffirm pride in the military and lets our men and women in uniform and those closest to them know that Canadians recognize and support their vital contribution to Canada.

The invisible ribbons also underscore that families of military members are as committed to the military way of life as are the personnel who wear the uniform. This is especially true today as we have almost 3,800 Canadian Forces members deployed around the world on peacekeeping missions.

I hope all members of the House and indeed all Canadians will join me in wearing an invisible ribbon to demonstrate that we very much appreciate military personnel and their families for a job well done.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Canadian Forces
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October 27, 2003

Mr. Sarkis Assadourian (Brampton Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to mark the beginning of the month long fast in which Muslims from all over the world will abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. I would like to wish all Muslims in Canada a Ramadan Mubarak.

Ramadan presents an opportunity for Canadians to learn more about each other. It is an opportunity to learn more about Islam and about the Muslim community in Canada.

Canadians are committed to nurturing and cherishing our diversity. We share a vision of a country where diverse backgrounds of all citizens are recognized and appreciated.

I truly hope all Canadians will share in the spirit of this holy month. Let us make Ramadan a month of reaching out and understanding for all Canadians.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Ramadan
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October 20, 2003

Mr. Sarkis Assadourian (Brampton Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, my second petition asks the House to recognize and protect all children from suffering under pedophilia and that all activities involving pedophilia be outlawed.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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