Tell the CBC to keep their Ukrainian RCI broadcast

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
CBC/Radio-Canada
1400 René-Lévesque Boulevard East
P.O. Box 6000
Montréal, QC H3C 3A8
EMAIL: ht.lacroix@cbc.ca

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
CannoL@parl.gc.ca

The Hon. James Moore, MP, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages
MooreJ@parl.gc.ca

The Hon. Bev Oda, MP, Minister of International Cooperation
OdaB@parl.gc.ca

The Hon. Vic Toews, MP, President of the Treasury Board
ToewsV@parl.gc.ca

The Hon. Stockwell Day, MP, Minister of International Trade
DayS@parl.gc.ca

The Hon. Jason Kenney, MP, Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism
KenneJ@parl.gc.ca

The Hon. Michael Ignatieff, MP, Leader of the Official Opposition
IgnatM@parl.gc.ca

The Hon. Jack Layton, MP, Leader of the New Democratic Party
LaytoJ@parl.gc.ca

Mr. Gilles Duceppe, MP, Leader of the Bloc Québécois
DucepG@parl.gc.ca

Ms. Joy Smith, MP, Chair, Canada Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group

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