UCC Congratulates Chrystia Freeland on Appointment
as Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs
January 10, 2017. OTTAWA. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) congratulates the Honourable Chrystia Freeland on her appointment as Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, announced earlier today. Minister Freeland previously served as Canada's Minister of International Trade.
Minister Freeland addresses the XXV Congress
of Ukrainian Canadians, Regina, 2016
"On behalf of the Ukrainian Canadian community, I congratulate Minister Freeland on her appointment as Minister of Foreign Affairs. We have every confidence that Minister Freeland will continue to serve Canada capably, honourably and skillfully on the world stage," stated UCC National President Paul Grod. "During this time of global instability, it is crucial that Canada remain a world leader in countering Russian aggression in Ukraine, and Russian threats to Euro-Atlantic stability. Canada has displayed leadership in NATO's deterrence efforts in Eastern Europe by deploying troops to Latvia; providing training to Ukrainian soldiers through Operation UNIFIER, and leading efforts to impose costs on Russia for its aggression."
A proud Ukrainian Canadian, Minister Freeland has been active in our community since childhood. Born in Peace River, Alberta, she began a distinguished career in journalism in Ukraine, writing for the Financial Times, Washington Post and The Economist. She served as deputy editor of the Globe and Mail and editor-at-large of Reuters. She was first elected to Canada's Parliament in 2013.
Minister Freeland sworn in as Minister of Foreign Affairs, Rideau Hall
As Minister of International Trade, she signed the historic Canada-Ukraine Free Trade Agreement (CUFTA) in July, 2016 in Kyiv, and attended the XXV Triennial Congress of Ukrainian Canadians in Regina in the fall of 2016.
For her strong support of Ukraine in the face of Russian aggression, Minister Freeland was banned from entering Russia in March 2014 by the Russian regime. Joining Minister Freeland on the list of banned Canadians were eight other parliamentarians, three civil servants and Paul Grod.
"Throughout her public service, Minister Freeland has consistently demonstrated a commitment to assisting the people and government of Ukraine as they bravely battle against Russia's invasion and implement a comprehensive reform program," stated Ihor Michalchyshyn, Chief Executive Officer of the UCC. "The UCC looks forward to working with Minister Freeland on continuing to strengthen ties and relations between Canada and Ukraine."
The UCC expresses its gratitude to outgoing Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Honourable Stéphane Dion, for his service to Canada, unwavering support of Ukraine and his readiness to work with the Ukrainian Canadian community. The UCC wishes former Minister Dion continued success in the future.
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