April 30, 2015

Canada pledges more support for human rights efforts in Ukraine

Brian LilleyArchive

Canada reiterated its support on Thursday for helping build a strong, independent and democratic Ukraine.

Foreign Affairs Minister Rob Nicholson announced that the Canadian government will fund projects to strengthen human rights.

“I am pleased today that Canada will be funding a series of projects to strengthen human rights, improve Ukraine’s business environment and give support to civil society. These Canadian bilateral investments are advancing democratic and economic reform. Only with sound and democratic governance will Ukraine prevail,” Nicholson said.

Nicholson made the announcement standing in the Foyer of the House of Commons in Ottawa next to Ukraine’s visiting Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin.

In total the new funding represents $14 million on top of $400 million in aid provided over several years.

The new money includes $8 million to battle human trafficking, $3 million for polio immunization and $1.6 million for legal assistance to protect human rights.

Already this week the federal government announced support for democratic reform of municipal government in Ukraine and the shipment of night vision goggles to support the Ukrainian military.

Klimkin thanked Nicholson for Canada support and spoke of the possibility of a free trade deal between Canada and Ukraine.

“Later this day I will meet a number of other ministers and real friends of Ukraine, including Trade Minister Ed Fast, talking about the possibility to have a speedy negotiation process fully focussed on ambitious and effective free trade agreement which should inject another momentum in our bilateral trade and investment relations,” Klimkin said.

Klimkin acknowledged the need for ongoing efforts to fight corruption in his country but said great strides have been made.

He also reiterated the desire for Ukraine to remain and independent and democratic state free of Russian interference.


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commented 2015-05-01 00:32:03 -0400
At least Klimkin acknowledges the corruption. From all accounts, it rivals what we see in Mexico. It is no joke, with ethnic Russians claiming disappearances and murders of civilians based solely on ethnicity. That needs clearing up. Hopefully Canada can help.
commented 2015-04-30 22:38:41 -0400
Ukraine is such a corrupt state : oligarchs ruling, banning opposition parties, bombing its own citizens, rewriting history to glorify Bandera and his band, jailing journalists, closing TV channels, killing politicians and journalists (and a historian), not paying pension to old people, wanting to ban the Russian revolution (just after maidan), etc, etc.

Harper is only supported the oligarchs and ultranationalist in Kiev to please the Prairies Ukrainian vote (thos that came from Western Ukraine) and as a good ally of the US trying to create an abcess next to Russia, its geopolitical adversary.
commented 2015-04-30 22:25:00 -0400
Jaroslav Ovtsyn – “Ukraine has made no effort whatsoever to build a good neighbourly relationship with Russia”

When standing beside a bully several times your size and strength, either you take the submissive method of bowing down or have some pride and meet the bully on equal terms. even if those terms are mismatched. Ukraine chose the later and I commend them for the stance. It is as much Russia’s responsibility to meet Ukraine in a neighbourly relationship as it is Ukraine’s.

And as for corruption, Ukraine is a holy saint in comparison the Russia.

’Had Ukraine stated unequivocally that they are seeking an economic integration with Europe, but are not seeking to join NATO, the Crimean Peninsula would still be theirs. "

Yea, okay. Whatever you say. Russia wanted the Crimean Peninsula and took it. Period.

It actually sounds like your are a fan of Putin.
commented 2015-04-30 18:50:59 -0400
I am no admirer of Putin, but Ukraine’s leadership shares a full 50% of the blame for the current crisis. Ukraine is a corrupt country, governed by a succession of populist governments.

While Canada stands for cooperation and mutual compromise, Ukraine has made no effort whatsoever to build a good neighbourly relationship with Russia. Had Ukraine stated unequivocally that they are seeking an economic integration with Europe, but are not seeking to join NATO, the Crimean Peninsula would still be theirs. Just take Finland as an example. Finland took a neutral position during the cold war and … prospered! But the Ukrainians, on the other hand, chose a confrontation – and lost.

I say: live by the sword, die by the sword.
commented 2015-04-30 16:13:48 -0400
Klimkin should be handed a list of priority economic reforms to be met by the Ukraine government within one year or no more money from Canada FOR ANYTHING. They have been given plenty of advice and plenty of time ever since independence and the results have been a dismal lack of needed reforms. Only prosperous nations have the strength and will to face down the Russians and make it stick.
They had better get fracking NOW!
commented 2015-04-30 14:41:44 -0400
Can we send all our Human Rights Commissions to Ukraine, please?
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