Once a Ukrainian Citizen, Always a Ukrainian Citizen

    Left to Right: Oleksandr Danyleiko, Nadia Kostenko, UPBAE Treasurer Luba Kowalchyk Photo: Consulate of Ukraine in Edmonton

    Edmonton Consular officials explain voting rules at UPBAE

    NP-UN Western Bureau.

    Anyone who has been a citizen of Ukraine since independence maintains that citizenship forever and may vote in elections regardless of how many years ago they left and whether they obtained citizenship with another country, say Ukraine’s consular officials in Edmonton.

    “Once you’re a citizen, it will never be taken away from you,” said Oleksandr Danyleiko, newly appointed General Consul of Ukraine for Edmonton at a meeting of the Ukrainian Professional and Business Association of Edmonton at the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex, January 31.

    However, in order to qualify to vote, a Ukrainian citizen must have a valid passport. If not, a person may apply for a passport renewal. This can take up to two months, however, therefore anyone applying today may not get it in time for the Presidential Election March 31, but may get one for the parliamentary elections in the fall.

    Danyleiko was joined by Consul Nadia Kostenko who explained that the Edmonton Consulate serves British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and the Yukon and NWT territories. The polling station will be the Consulate General of Ukraine in Edmonton at Unit 327, 9707 110 St. NW, Edmonton AB, T5K 2L9.

    (Currently the building is undergoing renovations and the temporary office of the consulate is at 8103 127 Ave NW #8, Edmonton, AB T5C 1R9.)

    The citizens of Ukraine who reside in Ottawa, Province of Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island will be able to vote at the Embassy of Ukraine at 310 Somerset Street West, Ottawa, ON, K2P 0J9. Those who reside in Ontario, Manitoba and Nunavut vote at Consulate General of Ukraine at 2275 Lake Shore Blvd W #301, Etobicoke, ON, M8V 3Y3.

    In order to vote, one must have valid Ukrainian passport for traveling abroad; ensure before March 26, 2019 that their names are on the voters’ list and personally come to the polling station with valid passport.

    For more information visit: https://edmonton.mfa.gov.ua, https://toronto.mfa.gov.ua/ua and https://canada.mfa.gov.ua/ua.

    Danyleiko explained that the main tasks of the Consulate General is to:

    • Protect the rights of Ukrainian citizens and legal entities on the territory of the consular district;

    • Provide appropriate consular service;

    • Promote Canada-Ukraine bilateral political, economic, humanitarian, cultural relations;

    • Facilitate cooperation between regions of Ukraine and Canadian provinces of our consular district;

    • Actively cooperate with Ukrainian community, Ukrainian organizations.

    Danyleiko said Ukraine economic indicators have been improving steadily since 2014. As far as doing business according to the World Bank rating, Ukraine has gone up from 112 to 71st place out of 189 and for best country to do business according to Forbes, from 99 to 71 out of 146.

    Actions taken to improve the business climate include:

    • Doing Business Roadmap approved;
    • Mandatory registration of foreign investments cancelled;
    • Investment Promotion Office established;
    • National Investment Council under The President of Ukraine established – Ukraine joined WTO Agreement on government procurement;
    • Important laws on the judicial and tax reforms, business climate improvement are adopted or submitted to the Parliament by the Government;

    The main opportunities are in Ukraine’s agribusiness, manufacturing and energy. Promising sector for investment and cooperation include the Information Technology (IT) sector and infrastructure.

    Ukraine is first in Europe and fourth in the world in terms of IT specialists, he said.

    This is Danyleiko’s second posting in Canada. He served as Consul General in Toronto from 2007 to 2012. His other positions included: 1992 – 1998 – Deputy Head, Head of the Department of bilateral relations, Ministry of Foreign Economic Relations and Trade of Ukraine; 1998 – 1999 – Head of the Division of bilateral relations, Department of economic cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine; 1999 – 2004 – Counselor, charge d’affaires a.i., Embassy of Ukraine in Sweden; 2004 – 2007 – Deputy Head, Foreign Policy Service, Secretariat of the President of Ukraine; 2012 – 2014 – Director General, Directorate-General for Economic Cooperation, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Executive Secretary of the Council; 2014 – 2015 – Ambassador at Large, Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Executive Secretary of the Council; and 2015 until his appointment to Edmonton – Head of the Economic Cooperation Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, Deputy Head of the Council.