Hill in Ottawa
Stephen Harper says the Ukrainian flag flying on Parliament Hill
illustrates Canada’s solidarity with the
Rally Suports Ukraine
Rally Suports Ukraine
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Baird Promotes Territorial Integrity
and National Unity in Ukraine
February 28, 2014
- Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird wrapped up a successful mission to Ukraine, where he and the
Canadian delegation of parliamentarians and representatives of the Ukrainian
community met with key members of the new government.
met with acting president Oleksander Turchynov, Prime Minister Arseniy
Yatsenyuk, acting foreign minister Andriy Deschytsya, Ukrainian Democratic
Alliance for Reform leader Vitali Klitschko, All-Ukrainian Union Svoboda leader
Oleh Tyahnybok, Chair of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Group Volodymyr
Polochaninov, former prime minister Yulia Tymoshenko, as well as other
opposition and civil society members.
also met with the major organizers of Maidan civil society, representatives
religious communities including Crimean Tatars, and visited the medical centre
at St. Michael’s Monastery, where he announced increased financial support for
providing medical care to injured protesters.
of the Canadian delegation walked through the Maidan and paid their respects to
the fallen protesters who died for the cause of democracy. “Their sacrifice in
the defence of their democracy and freedom has brought change to this country,”
said Baird. “They will not be forgotten.”
congratulated the new government and emphasized the need to honour the 1994
Budapest Declaration’s commitment to Ukraine’s territorial
sovereignty and national unity at this critical time. He also reiterated Canada’s support for Ukraine and its efforts to
rebuild the country, including through the International Monetary Fund,
following the instability and violence of the last 100 days. Many of his
meetings featured discussions on ways to reduce corruption, combat money
laundering and manage the financial transition.
“Canada remains committed to
working in concert with our allies to develop a plan to assist Ukraine’s economic and democratic
future,” said Baird.
Canadian delegation consisted of Ted Opitz, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke
Centre; James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk—Interlake; Senator
Raynell Andreychuk; Victor Hetmanczuk, President and CEO, Canada-Ukraine
Foundation; Paul Grod, President, Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC); Taras
Zalusky, Executive Director, UCC; and Krystina Waler, board member, Ukrainian
Canadian Professionals and Business Association.
MPs Opitz And Bezan Return From Ukraine
(March 3, 2014
– Ottawa, ON) Members of
Parliament Ted Opitz (Etobicoke Centre) and James Bezan (Selkirk-Interlake)
arrived in Ottawa Sunday evening following the official Canadian mission to
meet with the new transition Government of Ukraine, which was led by Foreign
Affairs Minister John Baird. Upon their return they issued the following joint
were honoured to represent the Government of Canada and assist Minister Baird
in strengthening the bilateral relationship with the new Ukrainian transitional
was the first western country to visit the new transitional Government, further
underscoring Canadian leadership and support for Ukraine.
we paid our respects to Ukrainians killed and injured on the Maidan, we heard
their stories of self-sacrifice and perseverance. It is because of the courage
and will of the people of Ukraine that they were able
to defeat the corrupt Yanukovych regime.
Putin’s invasion of Crimea is deeply troubling
and provocative, and clearly violates Russia’s obligations under
international law. We join with Prime Minister Harper and Minister Baird in the
growing worldwide condemnation of Russia. Over the past days,
Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada has suspended
engagement in preparations for the G-8 Summit planned for Sochi, recalled our
Ambassador to Russia
and we raised strong objection to Russia’s Ambassador to Canada. Finally, the G7 has
spoken with one voice in condemning President Putin’s military intervention in Ukraine.
“Russia must immediately
withdraw their troops. As Minister Baird made clear, if President Putin
continues on this course of action, it will lead to ongoing negative
consequences to Canada-Russia relations.
heard loud and clear from Ukraine’s government leaders
and the Maidan activists that they appreciate the strong and principled support
for the people of Ukraine
by Prime Minister Harper and the Government of Canada. They know that Canada will continue to
stand with them during this pivotal moment in Ukraine’s history.”