We are concerned about the Canadian Government’s position and polices on the
current situation in the Ukraine.
These have been one-sided, politicized, and inflammatory. Prime Minister
Harper has given his unqualified support for a government that is illegal and
unrepresentative, and which came to power as the result of an uprising against a
duly elected government which involved the occupation of government buildings,
the throwing of Molotov cocktails, violence, and intimidation. This government
incorporates a significant number of neo-nationalist, extreme Rightist
organizations and individuals. Its first action was the suppression of language
rights, and the radical re-orientation of the country in a direction not
supported by the great majority in large parts of the country.
Nor has this government adhered to its side of the Geneva Agreement, signed
in April 2014, which required all government buildings occupied by dissidents to
be evacuated: members of Rightists groups continue to occupy government
buildings in Kiev, and no action is taken against them. However, the government
has moved with violence against dissidents in the eastern Ukraine, and permitted
provocative, pro-Fascist marches to take place in other parts of the country.
Yet the Canadian Government has maintained its unqualified support of the
Ukrainian government and its actions.
Furthermore, the Canadian government has sent fighter jets into Eastern Europe under the UN banner. We regard this as an unacceptable provocation, and an action that will only serve to increase tensions in the region. No NATO country is involved in the situation is the Ukraine, nor is any member of NATO threatened by the situation there. We call for the disengagement of Canadian jet fighters immediately. Canada’s traditional international role has always been that of peacemaker and peacekeeper. In view of this traditional role, we are gravely disappointed at these actions. Why has Canada’s traditional role changed?
The latest incident in which a large number of people were people were shot
and burned to death under suspicious circumstance in Odessa has only heightened
our fears, and contributed to our lack of confidence in our own Government’s
This week, Prime Minister Harper told the Supreme Commander of NATO that
Russia is invading Ukraine “in slow motion”, but offered no proof whatsoever. It
is clear that the escalating violence in the Ukraine is the result of the Kiev
government’s actions against its own people in the south and east of the
country, while allowing illegal occupation of government buildings in Kiev to
continue. This is a two-fold contravention of the Geneva agreement.
We urge the Canadian Government to reconsider its positions with respect to
the situation in the Ukraine, and to act in a more equitable and neutral