2006: A Look at
By Prof. Roman Yereniuk
Ukrainian-Canadian candidates are running
for four political parties (Liberal, Conervative, NDP and Green) in
With the election two
weeks away at the writing of this article, it can be predicted that there
probably will be three Ukrainian-Canadian incumbents winning again. These include Judy Wasylycia-Leis, NDP
(Winnipeg North), Mike Warawa, Conservative (
been an MP for three terms and recently disclosed the “income trust” issue that
is now being investigated by the RCMP.
She is in a heavy NDP riding with a significant number of Ukrainian
voters. Warawa won for the first
time in 2004 and is likely to repeat his
victory as will Lukiwski in the stalwart Saskatchewan Conservative
stronghold (in 2004, all MPs elected in Saskatchewan were Conservatives). Bezan, meanwhile, won
by over 10,000 votes in 2004, but he is being challenged by a star
candidate–the former Premier of Manitoba and former Governor General Edward
Schreyer (who widely acknowledges that his family's roots are in
Two candidates with
strong Ukrainian community roots are running for the Liberals in
Another community-minded member is Mark Wasyliw, NDP, in Winnipeg South Centre. He is a young lawyer who grew up in the Winnipeg Ukrainian Orthodox community and was an parliamentary intern with the Ukrainian Canadian Congress a number of years ago (perhaps this was his introduction to politics?). He is running in a strong Liberal riding with a small Ukrainian-Canadian population. He should do well for a first-timer but perhaps will use this experience for future political work.
Liberals are also contesting two other ridings in
The NDP have eight other Ukrainian-Canadians running for the House of Commons – Mike Melymick (Edmonton-St. Albert); Peter Opryshko (Westlock-St. Paul), who calls himself 100 per cent Lemko; Evelyn Miskew (Kildonan-St. Paul) in Manitoba; Alex Atamanenko (British Columbia Southern Interior); Dennis Kshyk (Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia) in Manitoba; Walter Kolisnyk (Dauphin-Swan River-Marquette), also in Manitoba; Don Kossick (Blackstrap) in Saskatchewan and Valerie Mushinski (Prince Albert) in Saskatchewan. Most of these will end up in second or third place.
The Green Party is also
fielding three candidates with Ukrainian Canadian backgrounds in
Lastly, the controversial
Jim Pankiw is running again as an independent candidate in the riding of
Now he has switched ridings to run in a predominantly rural riding. Independents usually do poorly in Canadian elections and the prognosis is that he will not do well on January 23.
Congratulations to all
the Ukrainian-Canadian candidates in
Roman Yereniuk is a
long-time associate professor at St. Andrew's College and a sessional
instructor at the Centre for Ukrainian Canadian Studies at the