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View Jinny Jogindera Sims Profile
Mr. Speaker, I am among the 20% of Canadians who were born outside of this country. I am proud to be Canadian, and also deeply proud of my Asian heritage, so it brings me great joy to rise today in celebration of Asian Heritage Month.
Each May we recognize those of Asian origin who have made Canada their home and the valuable contributions they make to our country's political, social and economic culture.
Let us acknowledge that the landscape of this country is richer because of its diversity, because of Canadians who hail from every continent.
Two weeks ago, the Conservative government announced it will now take longer and cost more for Canadians born abroad to reunite with beloved family members—children with grandparents, adult children with their own parents—in direct contradiction to what New Democrats believe makes a strong Canada: families, communities, loved ones nearby.
In honour of Asian Heritage Month, I pledge my commitment to fight these changes and to fight for families, communities and our strong, beautiful Canada.
View Parm Gill Profile
View Parm Gill Profile
2013-05-09 14:08 [p.16572]
Mr. Speaker, over the past month I have had the opportunity to partner with the Amar Karma Organ Donation Society and founder Loveen Gill on a special campaign to highlight the need for organ donors across our country.
The Amar Karma Organ Donation Society is Canada's first South Asian non-profit organization that has pledged to provide education on organ donation and encourage Canadians to become organ donors.
More than 1500 people are on the transplant wait list in Ontario alone, and the need far exceeds the number of registered donors.
A single donor can save up to 8 lives and enhance up to 75 others.
I would like to thank all of the Amar Karma volunteers who worked tirelessly to encourage Canadians to become involved in this extraordinary cause.
The success of this campaign has showed us all that together we can make a difference.
View Lysane Blanchette-Lamothe Profile
Mr. Speaker, today, I want to shed light on the solidarity and vivacity of the South Asian community of Pierrefonds—Dollard. Here are just a few examples of events that occurred in the span of one month:
The India Canada Organization and the Himalaya Seniors had their first International Women's Day event.
Holi, the festival of colours, was celebrated at the Hindu Mandir Temple in DDO, which just celebrated its 16th anniversary.
Murugan Temple in DDO hosted festivities for the Tamil New Year and the Sikh community-organized Vaisakhi celebrations at the DDO gurdwara.
SAWID, Montreal's South Asian business directory, just launched its new edition last week.
Also, the Himalaya Seniors will be celebrating Eid Milad ul-Nabi, the birth of the Muslim prophet, this week.
I am proud to be part of a community that is rich in its diversity, a community where people work to be united and build bridges. Without the South Asian community, the West Island would not be the West Island.
View Ted Hsu Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ted Hsu Profile
2013-02-08 11:03 [p.13905]
Mr. Speaker, this weekend, thousands of Canadians will be making a special voyage home. Canadians of Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese heritage and their families eagerly await the Lunar New Year, a time to see friends and family, and a time to remember those who have passed on.
At home and together with our communities and fellow Canadians, we remember and share our traditions of food, music and the arts. We celebrate a year of hard work, and share our hopes and wishes for the coming year.
From my friends and colleagues in the House to all Canadians:
Xin nian kuai le.
Happy New Year. May you have health and may you achieve whatever your heart desires.
View Wai Young Profile
View Wai Young Profile
2013-02-07 14:11 [p.13857]
Mr. Speaker, on behalf of our government, I would like to take this opportunity to wish all Canadians a happy lunar new year.
This week we say goodbye to the year of the dragon as we welcome the year of the snake. During lunar new year Canadians, particularly those of Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean heritage, will be celebrating with family and friends, sharing lisee, which are like lucky pockets, attending cultural events and enjoying many delicious special foods and meals.
On Sunday, February 17, the 40th annual Chinatown Spring Festival will be celebrated in my hometown of Vancouver. This annual festival includes a popular parade, spectacular performances and a community dinner. Thousands of people participate throughout the day.
I encourage all of my colleagues in the House and Canadians across the country to find an event in their community and join in celebrating the year of the snake.
Gong hey fat choy. Xie nien kwai le. Happy new year.
View Joyce Murray Profile
Lib. (BC)
View Joyce Murray Profile
2012-05-01 14:03 [p.7405]
Mr. Speaker, May is Asian Heritage Month, recognizing the rich history of Asian Canadians and their important contributions to the settlement, development and character of Canada.
Canadians of Asian roots are a critical gateway for Canada's connection and trade with fast-growing Asian economies.
Canada's cultural diversity enriches us socially, politically and economically. Asian Heritage Month is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the many Asian cultures and their contribution to our country's growth and prosperity.
Each May in my riding of Vancouver Quadra, Canadians experience and learn about the history and contributions of Asian Canadians through dozens of celebrations, including the annual explorASIAN Festival and a variety of cultural, culinary and sport exhibitions.
I encourage all Canadians to participate in celebratory events and join me in appreciating our country's vibrant Asian Canadian community.
View Bob Dechert Profile
View Bob Dechert Profile
2012-01-30 14:01 [p.4540]
Mr. Speaker, I would like to extend my best wishes to all Canadians who have recently celebrated the Vietnamese, Chinese, Korean Lunar New Year Tet and Spring Festival in Canada and around the world.
As many Canadians of Asian heritage gather with family and friends to mark the beginning of the new year I would like to take this opportunity to reflect on their accomplishments and all they wish to achieve in the new year in our great country. I encourage all Canadians to participate in the many new year's festivities that will be celebrated across Canada.
I am pleased to see that our government is continuing to foster positive relationships between Canada and China, Taiwan, Vietnam and the Republic of Korea by expanding trade and cultural ties. Our government's new year's commitment is to continue working hard on the economy and to create the jobs and economic opportunities that will help ensure that the year of the dragon will indeed be a year of prosperity and well-being for all.
Happy new year.
Xie Nien Kwai Le.
Chuc mung nam moi.
Gong Hey Fat Choy.
Sabok Mani Baduseyo.
View Ted Hsu Profile
Lib. (ON)
View Ted Hsu Profile
2012-01-30 14:05 [p.4541]
Mr. Speaker, bonne année chinoise.
[Member spoke in a foreign language]
This past Saturday the Chinese-Canadian Association of Kingston and District held its annual lunar new year's pot luck. Canadians of Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese heritage, with their families and friends, have been celebrating a year of hard work, the value of family, friends and community, and their hopes for the coming year.
As with many festivals around the world, people travel and gather together. Delicious meals are shared, family stories are recounted, grandparents spoil their grandchildren and then parents of young children like myself and my wife struggle to get their kids to say proper thank yous. Some things never change. Some things are the same everywhere.
To all Canadians, I offer this Chinese new year's wish:
[Member spoke in a foreign language]
May our country thrive and be prosperous, may our people live in peace and harmony.
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