Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Canada set to acknowledge Holodomor was genocide

It looks like Canada is planning to join the list of countries with the integrity and fortitude to call a genocide a genocide, and formally recognize as a genocide the Holodomor (Great Famine) of 1932-33 in Ukraine. This is very progressive, indeed!

... Prime Minister Stephen Harper is under mounting pressure to adopt the genocide label, as Ukrainian President Victor Yushchenko is coming to Canada, starting with a visit to Ottawa May 26.

At a celebration last week with Manitoba MP Vic Toews to thank the Conservatives for acknowledging the Canada's [sic] internment of Eastern Europeans during World War One, a community leader mentioned the famine or Holodomor, sometimes translated as murder by hunger.

"Incidentally, Minister Toews, we would also be delighted with a rapid adoption of the Holodomor genocide bill, which is before Parliament," said Oleh Gerus, vice president of the Ukrainian Canadian Foundation of Taras Shevchenko.

Liberal and NDP members had earlier pledged support for the bill, which would also set aside an annual memorial day in November.

More than a dozen countries, including the United States, already formally recognize the famine as a deliberate attempt by the Soviet regime of Josef Stalin to eliminate ethnic Ukrainians and end their aspirations for independence.

Full article here.

UPDATE: Scuttlebut has it that the Bloc Quebecois are planning to try and block passage of this bill. Ганба! (Shame!)

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