Ottawa – James Bezan, Member of Parliament for Selkirk Interlake Eastman, released the following statement regarding the funding announcement of $1.4 million towards the Ukrainian-Canadians foundation in support Holodomor National Awareness Tour 2017–2020:

“I wish to congratulate the Ukrainian-Canadian Foundation on securing $1.4 million in funding for their Holodomor National Awareness Tour 2017–2020. The Holodomor National Awareness Tour is a vital educational program which educates Canadians on the Soviet orchestrated famine and genocide in Ukraine, the Holodomor, and highlights the importance of our shared values of freedom, democracy, human rights, and the rule of law.

“Our previous Conservative Government provided $1.5 million of funding for the Holodomor National Awareness Tour, recognizing the important role in educating Canadians on one of the worst genocides in human history. I am pleased to see the Liberal government continue our previous Conservative government’s legacy.

“My Private Member’s Bill in 2008, Bill C-459, recognized the Holodomor as a genocide and established the fourth Saturday in November as Holodomor Memorial Day. This Bill pays homage to the millions of lives lost and entire villages wiped out at the hands of Joseph Stalin’s brutal Soviet regime. With my Private Member’s Bill, Canada became the first country to recognize the Holodomor as genocide

“While this funding is a step in the right direction, the Liberal government continues to ignore repeated calls by the Conservative Party of Canada to support Ukraine in its fight to keep its territorial integrity and sovereignty. The Conservative Party of Canada has urged Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on multiple occasions to reinstate RADARSAT imagery and provide the Ukrainian Armed Forces with lethal defensive weapons. Unfortunately, these calls have remained ignored by Prime Minister Trudeau and his Liberal government. We can, and must do more to support the Ukrainian people in their fight against Russian aggression and right to self-determination.”