Recognition of the Tamil Canadian Community
Derek Lee, Member for Scarborough – Rouge River, rose in the House today, Oct 28th 2010 to recognize the many important contributions made by Tamil Canadians to this nation. This is a transcript of his words:
"Mr. Speaker, I would like to speak about the contributions made by the Tamil community to the fabric that makes up our multicultural nation.
This cultural community has forged roots across the country and has excelled in all areas of Canadian endeavour. Since the 1940s, when the first Tamils immigrated here, the community has grown to about a ¼ million. Canadian Tamils are teachers, entrepreneurs, bankers, doctors, researchers, lawyers, engineers, professors, athletes, corporate executives and other such occupations. Education is highly revered in the community and more than 5000 Tamil Canadian students are currently pursuing post secondary education in Ontario alone. Their businesses are part of the infrastructure of our communities and provide goods, services and jobs.
Recognizing the burdens imposed by a violent 30 year homeland conflict, it is time that this important community is recognized for its full contribution to our country and that steps be taken to ensure that the image of Tamil Canadians is no longer tarnished by hurtful and false stereotypes. Such negative stereotyping in our media or in political discourse is hurtful and unhelpful in our grand Canadian enterprise."
Contact: The Office of Derek Lee, M.P.: (613) 996-9682