1st Session, 37th Parliament,
Volume 139, Issue 115

Thursday, May 9, 2002

Recognition and Commemoration of Armenian Genocide

Motion – Debate Continued

Hon. Mobina S. B. Jaffer: Might I ask a question of the Honourable Senator Taylor?

The Hon. the Speaker: Will the Honourable Senator Taylor entertain a question?

Senator Taylor: Yes.

Senator Jaffer: Honourable senators, following on from what the Honourable Senator Taylor has said, why are there no Armenians in north-east Turkey? Can the honourable senator explain that? At one point there were two million.

Senator Taylor: The honourable senator has said that two million Armenians disappeared. I do not know the numbers. When I was in Turkey, they had their version of how many were missing. There was a war crimes trial after the Turks lost the war. One of the privileges winners receive is to take the losers to court. There was a court in Malta where the British hauled in the Turks; however, it fizzled out.

Honourable senators, I am merely saying that these things are difficult to prove. Even if every word said is true, there is still no reason to bring that fight into this chamber or to Canada.

On motion of Senator Jaffer, debate adjourned



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