"Let's be perfectly clear here," Cannon said at a news conference in Montreal. "Canada will not be bullied.
This statement contradicts itself as we are being bullied in our own backyard with the CBC cutbacks in particular with Ukrainian Section of RCI is the only foreign language department to be terminated.
Does not make much sense to me if we are trying to play an International role in the world, while cutting off 46 million people from a reliable media source which is what the mandate for RCI states:
"The international broadcaster created this initiative with the goal of promoting cultural harmony. It allows the CBC to go a step further in making Canadian culture available to all—both at home and abroad—while reinforcing the CBC/Radio-Canada group’s strength in this area. "
Or are these just fictional words to look good in the world arena? 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."
Hoping that a reverse to these events will be announced shortly.
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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
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