SIKSAY, Bill, B.A.

Personal Data

New Democratic Party
Burnaby--Douglas (British Columbia)
Birth Date
March 11, 1955
political assistant

Parliamentary Career

June 28, 2004 - November 29, 2005
  Burnaby--Douglas (British Columbia)
January 23, 2006 - September 7, 2008
  Burnaby--Douglas (British Columbia)
October 14, 2008 - March 26, 2011
  Burnaby--Douglas (British Columbia)

Most Recent Speeches (Page 182 of 182)

October 19, 2004

Mr. Bill Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, I want to congratulate my colleague, another new member, on his first speech in the House. I know the anticipation involved in that as I look forward to that later this morning myself.

My question for the member is with regard to his comments around the Canada learning bond and his pride in that new program. I recognize that it does offer some assistance to families and encouraging families to save for the education of their children is a good thing. However, it does not seem that it does very much for the current crisis in post-secondary education, particularly the student debt load and the ever increasing cost of tuition.

Could he recommend a program that would get to those issues immediately, as the government seems intent to do, and not put off the whole question of post-secondary education and student debt for many years down the road?

Topic:   Speech from the Throne
Subtopic:   Resumption of Debate on Address in Reply
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October 14, 2004

Mr. Bill Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, my question is for the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration.

Yesterday the Canadian Council for Refugees stated that Canada's private refugee sponsorship program is in serious trouble. Processing delays mean that many refugees are being put at risk as they wait in situations of extreme insecurity, violence and poverty. Canadian sponsors are frustrated because they are ready and willing to welcome them.

Does the minister find it acceptable that many of these vulnerable refugees wait for 28 to 32 months for their applications to be processed?

Topic:   Oral Question Period
Subtopic:   Refugees
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October 8, 2004

Mr. Bill Siksay (Burnaby—Douglas, NDP)

Mr. Speaker, the Supreme Court of Canada held its hearings this week on the government's reference on same sex marriage. The government argued in support of lesbian and gay marriage and the minister has said clearly there is no ambiguity, so why the reference?

It is time to quit stalling. The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees equality to all Canadians. Denying lesbian and gay couples the equal right to marry is a denial of our full human rights.

At this moment 82% of Canadians live in jurisdictions with equal marriage. I urge the government to respect the right of loving, committed lesbian and gay couples to celebrate our relationships in marriage.

It is time for the government to respect the charter and change the law. The Minister of Justice must demonstrate the courage of his convictions and table legislation immediately.

Topic:   Statements by Members
Subtopic:   Marriage
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