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March 10, 2014

MANITOBA LEGISLATURE DEBATES MOTION ON CRISIS IN UKRAINE



The Manitoba government will introduce a motion in the legislature today calling for solidarity with Ukraine against the violence of the past months and affirming support for the democratic process

“Ukrainian immigrants have shaped our culture and economy, and will forever be a part of the Manitoban identity,” said Premier Greg Selinger.  “Manitoba stands in solidarity with the Ukrainian people as they work towards greater peace, democracy and freedom.”

The motion, to be debated this afternoon after question period is expected to receive all-party support.  It will be introduced by Mineral Resources Minister Dave Chomiak and seconded by Ron Schuler, MLA for St. Paul.  It strongly condemns all violence and anti-democratic acts both in Ukraine and perpetrated against Ukraine, and encourages Manitobans to participate as international observers in upcoming elections.

The motion also resolves to express condolences on behalf of the province to all the families and friends of those who were tragically killed during the demonstrations and the Euromaidan movement.

“We sympathize and grieve with those who have lost loved ones in Ukraine and share their hopes for the future,” said Minister Chomiak.  “We know the importance of people having the ability to democratically decide the path their country takes.”

Premier Selinger also recently proclaimed the week of March 9 to 15 as Taras Shevchenko Week in honour of the work of the international poet, writer and champion of Ukrainian sovereignty, and to mark the bicentenary of Shevchenko’s birth.

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