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November 19, 2018

United Conservatives mark Holodomor

United Conservative leader Jason Kenney has issued the following statement in recognition of Holodomor:

“This week, Canadians will remember one of the great crimes of the 20th century – the deliberate starvation of millions of Ukrainian men, women, and children in the famine-genocide of 1932-33.

“Those deaths resulted from the murderous policies of Joseph Stalin’s Communist regime which sought to crush Ukrainian resistance to collectivization by confiscating food and sealing off targeted regions. It  remains among the worst crimes against humanity ever perpetrated.

“A decade ago, I was honoured to play a role in Canada becoming one of the first nations in the world to recognize the Ukrainian famine of 1932-33 as an act of genocide. Parliament unanimously passed a bill establishing the fourth Saturday in November as Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (“Holodomor”) Day, and I announced the Government of Canada’s official recognition of the genocidal nature of the Holodomor in the presence of then Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko during 75th anniversary commemorations of the Holodomor on Parliament Hill.

“Memory of the Holodomor was officially repressed by the Soviet Union, as it is to this day in the Russian Federation. Many in the western media knowingly cooperated in a shameful cover up of this crime, most notoriously the New York Times Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Walter Duranty. We should never forget how truth was sacrificed for political reasons in this campaign of lies.

“That is in part why Holodomor commemoration and education is so important. We must recover the memory of this unspeakable crime, and prayerfully remember the millions of victims. For them let us recall the words of the Byzantine Liturgy for the dead, “Vichnaya pamyat – memory eternal!”