17:49 May. 31, 2016
Ukraine's Embassy in Ottawa diminishes rumours of possible change in Canadian legislation
The governing Liberal Party of Canada didn't pass a resolution on visa-free travel for Ukrainians during the convention in Winnipeg, Canada on May 26-29, that's according to Ukraine's Embassy to Canada.
The document which was moved by the Liberal Party of Canada's Saskatchewan branch was to be voted on by the delegates in order to be included in the Liberal Party's parliamentary policy.
"The fact that such a draft document was under consideration is highly important. There are increasingly more initiatives from the "grassroots" that visa-free regime for Ukraine should be solved", Marko Shevchenko who is a Counselor at the Ukrainian Embassy in Ottawa informed Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.
Canada's immigration, refugees and citizenship department pointed out that Ukraine has yet to meet the visa cancellation criteria.
"Political decisions of Canada concerning visas are made evaluating each country's progress. The immigration, refugees and citizenship government department of Canada continues monitoring the situation in Ukraine, however, at the moment, Ukraine doesn't meet the criteria for abolishing visas. We keep on developing services which will help Ukrainians to travel to Canada with multiple-entry visa", the department spokesperson Nancy Caron commented.
The initiative to abolish the short-term visas for Ukrainian citizens was launched as a petition by several Ukrainian-Canadians, it was later endorsed by politicians and announced by Saskatchewan representatives at the congress of the Liberal party.
The policy resolution, which could have potentially developed into legislation was suggested to be implemented by August 24th, 2016 to mark the 25th anniversary of Ukraine's independence and 125 years of Ukrainian immigration to Canada.