Ukraine Famine Genocide Bill (Private Member`s Bill C-459) unanimously passed second reading on May 27 and was then sent to the Senate, according to an UNIAN`s source from Canada. It successfully passed through the Senate and is now awaiting royal assent to become law.

Private Member`s Bill C-459 presented by MP James Bezan:

1st reading October 16, 2007

2nd reading April 29, 2008, 1st hour of debate

2nd reading May 27, 2008, 2nd hour of debate and unanimous acceptance

May 28, passed through Senate and sent for Royal Assent.

The Bill will become law upon receiving Royal Assent expected soon.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the Canadian government intends to recognize the Ukrainian Famine of 1932-33 as an act of genocide. "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 up to 10 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."

The information provided by the courtesy of Taras Lys