Ukrainian Canadian Congress, Toronto branch.
On March 9th, Liberal Party of Canada Leader, Justin Trudeau, met with representatives of the Ukrainian Canadian community in Toronto, which also included via teleconference key leaders from communities in Western Canada. The meeting was chaired by Renata Roman, VP of the Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC).
The meeting focused on the continued invasion of Ukraine by Russia, which was summarized on behalf of the community by Markian Shwec, Chair EuroMaidan Canada. Other key contributors from the UCC included, Ian and Marta Ihnatowycz, Ian being the Vice Chair of the UCC Advisory Council, and Ruslana Wrzesnewskyj, member UCC Advisory Council, with closing remarks presented by Taras Zalusky, UCC Executive Director.
Mr. Trudeau engaged the audience on each point and reaffirmed the Liberal Party’s support for Ukraine and its undisputed sovereignty. “Liberals believe that Canada has a vital role to play in helping to bring an end to this conflict, including supporting the essential institutions of democracy that will place the country on a solid footing,” said Mr. Trudeau. “We will continue to consult and work with Ukrainian-Canadians to push for more effective federal government action to restore peace and security in Ukraine.”
“It was encouraging to hear first-hand from Mr. Trudeau the position of the Liberal Party of Canada towards Ukraine” said Markian Shwec.
The Ukrainian Canadian Congress, at all levels, National, Provincial, and local, continues to meet with the Government and opposition parties to represent the interests of the Ukrainian Canadian community, in particular to strengthen the commitment and support for Ukraine during this difficult hybrid-war with Russia.
Present at the roundtable were also Liberal MPs Chrystia Freeland, Ralph Goodale, and Mark Eyking, as well as Liberal MPP Yvan Baker and Liberal candidate for Etobicoke Centre, Borys Wrzesnewskyj.
As a result of the meeting the Liberal Party published a list of their key areas of immediate support for Ukraine:
• For Russia to release Ukrainian soldier, Nadiya Savchenko;
• For the Conservative government to add Igor Sechin and Vladimir Yakunin to the list of sanctioned Russians;
• For the Conservative government to work with our allies on the feasibility of cutting off certain Russian banks from the SWIFT network; and
• For Western governments and multilateral institutions, such as the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, to strongly support Ukraine as it undertakes essential economic reforms.