MP Jim Eglinski Participates in Debate on C-31
February 7, 2017
OTTAWA: On February 7th, Jim Eglinski, Member of Parliament for Yellowhead, during debate on C-31, ‘An Act to implement the Free Trade Agreement between Canada and Ukraine’, asked the following question to his Conservative colleague for Sherwood Park—Fort Saskatchewan, MP Garnett Genuis:
“Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague for his interest in Ukraine, and I will give him credit for being in a very strong Ukrainian segment of Alberta, because that is where I grew up.
In the situation in Ukraine, with the constant battling going on and the war between Russia and Ukraine, there have been many injuries to Ukrainian soldiers and Ukrainian civilians. A large number of doctors from across Canada, from coast to coast, have travelled, at their own expense, to Ukraine to assist in crucial surgery, facial reconstruction, etc.
Do you see that the federal government could play a role in assisting doctors from Canada in assisting in Ukraine? Right now it is being done at their own expense.”
Later, MP Eglinski asked the Member for Etobicoke Centre, MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj:
“I would like to thank the member for Etobicoke Centre for the work he does through the Canada-Ukraine Friendship Group and with Ukrainians across this country and for the Ukrainian people themselves.
Earlier, I asked a question of one my colleagues about the work that many of our doctors from coast to coast to coast in Canada have done in Ukraine on a volunteer basis. They go over there and work doing reconstructive surgery and fixing the troops hurt in Ukraine while fighting against the Russian aggression.
I wonder if the hon. member would speak about that. Does he think there is a role our government could play to assist the doctors who are going over to Ukraine to assist our Ukrainian brothers and sisters?”
Both MPs Genuis’ and Wrzesnewskyj’s responses can be found at: http://www.parl.gc.ca/content/hoc/House/421/Debates/135/HAN135-E.PDF.
For more information: Jim Eglinski, MP (613) 992-1653