Sarmite D. BULTE

BULTE, The Hon. Sarmite D., P.C., B.A., LL.B.

Personal Data

Party
Liberal
Constituency
Parkdale--High Park (Ontario)
Birth Date
September 27, 1953
Website
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarmite_Bulte
PARLINFO
http://www.parl.gc.ca/parlinfo/Files/Parliamentarian.aspx?Item=476c3953-0211-47f5-9f19-152383e70835&Language=E&Section=ALL
Profession
lawyer

Parliamentary Career

June 2, 1997 - October 22, 2000
LIB
  Parkdale--High Park (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (September 1, 2000 - January 12, 2003)
November 27, 2000 - May 23, 2004
LIB
  Parkdale--High Park (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (September 1, 2000 - January 12, 2003)
June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
LIB
  Parkdale--High Park (Ontario)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister responsible for the Status of Women (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage (July 20, 2004 - February 5, 2006)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Industry, with special emphasis on Women Entrepreneurs (October 19, 2005 - February 5, 2006)
  • Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Minister responsible for the Status of Women (October 19, 2005 - February 5, 2006)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 4 of 112)


September 27, 2005

Hon. Sarmite Bulte (Parkdale—High Park, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to add my voice to the many Canadians who deplore the lengthy lockout that has deprived them of their cherished CBC radio and television programs.

I have heard loud and clear that my constituents want this lockout settled.

I too miss my favourites such as Metro Morning, Cross Country Checkup, As it Happens, The National and of course, politics and the House.

At a time like this it is also instructive to appreciate the importance of the CBC and why it fills such a critical need in our country's culture. It is a lifeline enabling our cultural stories and ideas to be conveyed from coast to coast to coast.

I call upon the CBC management and the guild to reach an agreement and quickly resume the services that Canadians so greatly miss.

This lockout is not just another labour dispute. It is about an essential service that Canadians want and need.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
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June 20, 2005

Hon. Sarmite Bulte (Parkdale—High Park, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, as the member of Parliament for Parkdale--High Park, which is home to the country's largest population of Canadian Tibetans, I am very proud to table a petition on behalf of hundreds of petitioners, many of whom live in my riding.

The petitioners call upon the Government of Canada to make Tibet a central part of our country's policy toward the People's Republic of China and to take all measures to promote a negotiated settlement over the future of Tibet between Beijing and the Dalai Lama or his representative.

Topic:   Routine Proceedings
Subtopic:   Petitions
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May 20, 2005

Hon. Sarmite Bulte (Parkdale—High Park, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, I would like to inform the House of the notable success recently achieved by Screen Door, a film production company run by two of my constituents, Mary Young Leckie and Heather Haldane.

Screen Door, formerly known as Tapestry Pictures, won the Sprockets Audience Choice Award at the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival for Children with its film Spirit Bear: The Simon Jackson Story . The movie depicts the courageous campaign of Simon Jackson, a teenage boy from Vancouver, who embarks on a mission to save a rare white kermode bear known as Spirit Bear. Spirit Bear was the only Canadian film to win an award at this year's festival. It is the first Canadian film to win an audience choice award.

I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Mary and Heather on their achievements and salute them for their contribution to Canadian culture by telling our stories.

Topic:   Statements By Members
Subtopic:   Screen Door Productions
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May 20, 2005

Hon. Sarmite Bulte (Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage, Lib.)

Mr. Speaker, we are taking note of the Federal Court of Appeal's decision in this area. As hon. members knows, in the last session of Parliament we tabled a unanimous report of the Standing Committee on Canadian Heritage on copyright reform.

Earlier this year, in April, both the Minister of Industry and the Minister of Canadian Heritage tabled a joint statement on how we will proceed. As the House leader has said, we will be bringing forward copyright amendment legislation in the spring.

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Copyright
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May 17, 2005

Hon. Sarmite Bulte

Mr. Speaker, I am the mother of three children so I know how important child care is. I was a working mom and I wish I would have had the benefit of a lot of the things the government has committed to providing under the national child care program.

The member is in error when he thinks this will only help large communities. We are trying to help families by providing quality, universality, accessibility and development for our children. I know that across Canada, each province will be able to negotiate their agreement with the federal government. There is not one solution that fits all but this is a beginning. It will provide for those families who are not able to afford nannies or professional day care or have the ability to have someone look after their children. This tries to put people on an equal footing.

I am so proud of this women's caucus and their input into this day care program because we have ensured that we are not going to have large American corporations come here and deliver child care the American way. We are going to ensure that child care is delivered by community organizations and that is where communities will have a say.

I applaud the government and all of my colleagues in the women's caucus who have worked long on this file, well before I came here in 1997, to finally make a national child care program a reality.

Topic:   Government Orders
Subtopic:   Budget Implementation Act
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