Anthony (Tony) TIRABASSI

TIRABASSI, Anthony (Tony)

Personal Data

Niagara Centre (Ontario)
Birth Date
October 30, 1957
sales representative

Parliamentary Career

November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
  Niagara Centre (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the President of the Treasury Board (January 13, 2003 - December 11, 2003)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 18 of 19)

April 26, 2001

Mr. Tony Tirabassi (Niagara Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, wineries, viticulture and more recently ice wine is an example of the new economy of Niagara.

There have been media reports about the European Commission approving the marketing of ice wine from Canada. Would the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food explain to the House when Canadian ice wines will be granted access to the very important European market?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Wine Industry
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April 6, 2001

Mr. Tony Tirabassi (Niagara Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, today is an historic day for our country's postal service. It marks the 150th anniversary of the transfer of postal services from Britain to Canada. In 1851 Canada took control of its postal system and issued the first Canadian postage stamp, known as the threepence beaver.

In a country the size of Canada, postal services have played a paramount role in the building of our nation. Communication was and remains the key to facilitating the exchange of information and the physical distribution of goods.

Our country and our people have come a long way since 1851. We have achieved a great deal. Canada Post has issued hundreds of postage stamps honouring distinguished Canadians and marking important dates in our nation's history. Stamp collectors across the country will be excited to learn that a new 47 cent stamp will be issued today to capture the art of the now famous original threepence beaver.

I would ask all members to join me in congratulating all Canada Post employees for their hard work and dedication in making Canada Post a world leader—

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Canada Post
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April 5, 2001

Mr. Tony Tirabassi (Niagara Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, shipbuilding and the contribution of this industry to the economy of this nation is of highest importance.

From my part of the country, Niagara, in southern Ontario, we have the Port Weller Dry Docks and the Welland ship canal. Port Weller Dry Docks has operated its shipyard for 55 years and employs 500 people. The direct and indirect impact of the marine industry on the region of Niagara is in excess of $.25 billion.

Today the Minister of Industry received the Shipbuilding and Industrial Marine Report. Through this document, the four member team has outlined practical and workable recommendations to improve the competitiveness of Canada's shipbuilding and industrial marine sector and to capture opportunities for growth. I, along with everyone concerned with this issue, applaud the efforts of those who participated in the industry-labour team.

Shipbuilding is an issue of importance and of relevance not only to the region of Niagara but to all of Canada.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Shipbuilding Industry
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April 3, 2001

Mr. Tony Tirabassi (Niagara Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, in the absence of questions from the leaders of the opposition parties on topics of interest and importance to the majority of Canadians, I put forward the issue of affordable financing for housing to the Minister of Public Works and Government Services.

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation recently announced a new mortgage funding vehicle called Canada mortgage bonds. Will these bonds improve the affordability of housing?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Housing
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March 20, 2001

Mr. Tony Tirabassi (Niagara Centre, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, the Liberal government has made the fight against organized crime its number one law enforcement priority.

Working with those in the justice system, including the police forces, is essential to this effort. Last fall the House subcommittee on organized crime reported to parliament with recommendations to help combat organized crime. Subsequently the government has been consulting with the provinces, police forces and others to identify needs and priorities in the fight against organized crime.

These efforts are proof of the government's work to fulfil its commitments in the Speech from the Throne and to provide law enforcement and others with the tools they need to break the back of organized crime.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Organized Crime
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