MP Bezan Remembers Holodomor Victims
In recognition of the 80th anniversary of the Holodomor genocide in Ukraine, James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk-Interlake today issued the following statement.
“This week we remember and raise awareness of the horrific and catastrophic famine of 1932-33 that claimed the lives of millions of Ukrainian men, women and children. The Holodomor, a genocide by starvation, perpetrated by the ruthless regime of Joseph Stalin, in an attempt to stamp out the people of Ukraine's aspirations for a free and independent country.”
“It is important to honour the memories of those who suffered and those who perished in one of the worst genocides that the world has ever witnessed. We need to always remember those victims and remember the horror that was inflicted upon Ukraine in 1932 and 1933 in hopes to extinguish the Ukrainian nationalist dream.”
“Canada was the first country in the world to recognize that this deliberate starvation was an act of genocide. This is a testament to this country’s strong and proud ties to Ukraine. This weekend, we stand in solidarity with one million Canadians of Ukrainian heritage, and Ukrainians around the world, and remember those affected by this dark chapter in Ukraine’s history.”
Communities across Canada this week will be holding memorial services to honour the memory of those who perished. MP Bezan will be speaking at the Winnipeg Holodomor Memorial service at Winnipeg City Hall at 1:30 pm on Saturday, November 23rd.
MP Bezan put forward a Private Member’s Bill in 2008, The Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day Act, that officially recognized the fourth Saturday of every November as Holodomor Memorial Day and that Canada officially recognizing the Holodomor as genocide.