QUEBEC — Members of the Quebec provincial legislature voted unanimously to approve on first reading a bill to commemorate the Ukrainian genocide in the 1930s, when Soviet dictator Josef Stalin withheld food from Ukraine, leading to millions of deaths.
The bill was presented by Parti Quebecois member Louise Beaudoin.
Once the bill receives final approval, the fourth Saturday in November will be designated to commemorate the Ukrainian genocide, known as the Holodomor.
If passed, Quebec will be the fourth province to mark the genocide. Alberta passed similar legislation in October 2008.
Also, in May 2008, the Harper government said it would recognize the Holodomor as genocide.
The genocide, in 1932 and 1933, was Stalin's attempt to subdue the Ukrainian people by systematically starving them and restricting travel beyond their villages. The exact number of victims remains unclear.
With files from Canwest News Service
Source: Montreal Gazette