Published on Feb 3, 2014
Liberal MP Ralph Goodale asks about how Canada will respond to reports of a pro-democracy demonstrator in Ukraine quite literally being crucified.
Official Transcript from the House of Commons
Hon. Ralph Goodale (Wascana, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, reports say a pro-democracy demonstrator in Ukraine was quite literally crucified at the hands of the Yanukovych regime. The world needs to be more emphatic in its outrage. Canadian visa restrictions on unnamed officials who may not seek to come to Canada anyway is probably not sufficient; so are tough personal sanctions targeted precisely at Yanukovych being developed.
What work has been done so far with the U.S. and other allies to devise a plan to freeze their assets and prevent their foreign travel?
Hon. John Baird (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC): Mr. Speaker, obviously we are watching with horror what we see going across Ukraine. We are deeply concerned about the actions of the senior leadership in this regard. That is why the Minister of Citizenship and Immigration placed visa restrictions and visa bans on a number of senior officials who we believe hold some responsibility for these actions.
I can tell the member opposite that we are working closely with the United States and with the Ukraine union and others on what will be our next steps to continue to crack down on the deplorable actions that we are seeing taking place in Ukraine.
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