UCC statement on announcement of Canada’s Cabinet

Freeland appointed Deputy PM

November 21, 2019. OTTAWA. The Ukrainian Canadian Congress (UCC) congratulates Canada’s Cabinet Ministers who were sworn in yesterday at Rideau Hall. The UCC wishes Canada’s Prime Minister, the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, and Canada’s Cabinet all success in their service to Canada and looks forward to continuing a productive and effective relationship with the Government of Canada.

“On behalf of the UCC, I congratulate Canada’s Ministers on their appointments. We look forward to working with Canada’s new Cabinet,” stated Alexandra Chyczij, National President of the UCC. “In particular, I would like to personally congratulate the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, a Ukrainian Canadian, on her appointment as Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs. Вітаємо!”

Deputy Prime Minister Freeland is the first Ukrainian Canadian ever appointed to the post of Deputy Prime Minister. The UCC thanks Deputy Prime Minister Freeland for her outstanding leadership as Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs (2017-19).

The Ukrainian Canadian Congress, the voice of Canada’s 1.4-million-strong Ukrainian Canadian community, will continue our work on issues of importance to our community. In June, 2019, following extensive consultations, the UCC announced six key policy priorities of the Ukrainian Canadian community:

  1. Strengthening Canada-Ukraine Defence and Security Relations
  2. Supporting Democratic and Economic Reform in Ukraine
  3. Fighting Online Hate and Disinformation
  4. Welcoming Newcomers to Canada
  5. Helping Our Culture Flourish
  6. Ensuring Quality, Safe and Affordable Care for Seniors

“The UCC looks forward to continuing to work with the Government of Canada and all political parties and Members of Parliament on these issues of importance to our community,” stated Ihor Michalchyshyn, UCC CEO. “These policy positions reflect a broad range of views in our community and will guide the UCC’s ongoing policy discussions with federal decision makers.”

The full list of Cabinet Ministers sworn in yesterday is available here

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