Ukrainian famine to be recognized during President Yushchenko`s visit to Canada
As an act of genocide
Mr. Yushchenko will be receiving some good news when he visits Ottawa next week for his first official visit, according to Embassy, a Canadian foreign policy news weekly, referring to its sources in the Canadian Conservative party.
Not only will he address Parliament at 11 a.m. on Monday, the source said the government intends to recognize the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 as an act of genocide while he is in town.
"The prime minister will follow the lead of Conservative MP James Bezan`s private member`s bill [C-469] and officially recognize the Ukrainian famine as a genocide, over strong objections from the federal bureaucracy," the source said.
The famine, known in Ukraine as Holodomor, took the lives of between two and four million Ukrainians.
Mr. Bezan, speaking on the floor of the House, called the famine "one of the most heinous crimes in modern history" describing it as "state sponsored famine genocide of 1932-33 perpetrated by the Soviet regime of Joseph Stalin against the Ukrainian people."