From the Ukrainian Canadian Congress:
Winnipeg, March 26, 2009 – The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) calls upon CBC Radio Canada International (RCI) to overturn their decision to permanently shutdown the Ukrainian Section of RCI effective this week after 57 years of service to Canada.
“We understand that the Ukrainian Section of RCI is the only foreign language department to be terminated,” stated Paul Grod, UCC National President. “Such a decision is unconscionable and is out of line with the Government of Canada’s commitment to Ukraine as one of its top strategic bilateral partner countries.”
Canadians should write to:
Hubert T. Lacroix
President and CEO
1400 René-Lévesque Boulevard East
P.O. Box 6000
Montréal, QC H3C 3A8
encouraging him to reconsider the decision to permanently shutdown the Ukrainian Section of RCI and find ways to increase its resources due to its strategic importance to Canada.
We encourage you to sign the online petition at http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/ucc/.
UCC’s letter to CBC President Hubert T. Lacroix can also be viewed at http://ucc.ca/media_releases/2009-03-26_2/index.htm
We also encourage Canadians to express their concerns to:
The Hon. Lawrence Cannon, MP, Minister of Foreign Affairs
The Hon. James Moore, MP, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
The Hon. Bev Oda, MP, Minister of International Cooperation
The Hon. Vic Toews, MP, President of the Treasury Board
The Hon. Stockwell Day, MP, Minister of International Trade
The Hon. Jason Kenney, MP, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
The Hon. Michael Ignatieff, MP, Leader of the Official Opposition
The Hon. Jack Layton, MP, Leader of the New Democratic Party
Mr. Gilles Duceppe, MP, Leader of the Bloc Québécois
Ms. Joy Smith, MP, Chair, Canada Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group