Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Bill 390 - An Act to proclaim Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day
An Act to proclaim Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day
Introduced by - Madam Louise Beaudoin (Member for Rosemont)
The purpose of this bill is to proclaim the fourth Saturday in November in each year Ukranian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day.
AN Act TO PROCLAIM UKRAINIAN FAMINE AND GENOCIDE (HOLODOMOR) MEMORIAL DAY
AS the Holodomor is the name given to the famine and genocide that occurred in Ukraine in 1932 and 1933;
As millions of Ukrainians perished as victims of a famine deliberately induced by the Soviet regime under Joseph Stalin to quash the aspirations of the Ukrainian people for a free and independent Ukraine;
AS the President of Ukraine issued a Presidential Decree on 26 November 1998 establishing the fourth Saturday in November as a National Day of Remembrance for the victims of this mass atrocity;
AS, in recent years, a number of countries have in various ways acknowledged the Holodomor in Ukraine as historical fact;
AS there is a Ukrainian community in Québec;
AS our fellow citizens of Ukrainian origin care deeply about commemorating the victims of the Ukrainian famine and genocide of 1932 and 1933;
AS Quebecers are committed to defending democratic values and human rights and as they reject intolerance and ethnic exclusion;
THE PARLIAMENT OF QUÉBEC ENACTS AS FOLLOWS:
1. The fourth Saturday in November in each year is proclaimed Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day.
2. This Act comes into force on (insert the date of assent to this Act).
Source: National Assembly of Quebec