Ottawa, ON - Larry Maguire, Member of Parliament for Brandon-Souris is participating in the Canadian Ukrainian Parliamentary Program (CUPP) and is hosting Vasylysa Sheinina in his Parliament Hill office in Ottawa for 10 weeks. CUPP gives Ukrainian students an opportunity to study in the Parliament of Canada and gain firsthand experience of Canada's political system.
"I am pleased to host Ms. Sheinina in my office and provide her the opportunity to learn more about Canada and our Parliament," said Maguire. "Southwestern Manitoba is home to countless individuals of Ukrainian ancestry and it seemed a natural fit to have Vasylysa do her internship in my office."
Ms. Sheinina is 24 years old and attended V.N. Karazin Kharkiv National University in Ukraine. She is currently living in Israel and works as an operator of educational tours. She got involved in CUPP in order to see how Canadian democracy works and how Ukrainian diaspora live in Canada. Since she started her internship she has been working on numerous files such as assisting with Parliamentary Committees, correspondence, and research on legislative and budgetary matters.
"CUPP is a very enlightening experience for me," said Ms. Sheinina. "On one hand, it lets Ukrainian youth from different backgrounds see how parliament works in a democratic country, on the other hand it gives us an opportunity to network at a high-level and support Ukrainian interests in circles which otherwise are not available back home."
Since the outbreak of the crisis in Ukraine, Canada has stood steadfastly with Ukraine in their struggle to restore political and economic stability. Prime Minister Stephen Harper was the first G7 leader to visit Ukraine in the current crisis and attended the swearing-in of elected President Petro Poroshenko.
"The first time I heard Prime Minister Harper speak, I was happy both as a Ukrainian and as an Israeli. It was a great feeling to hear that there is a country in the world that supports Ukraine in its struggle for a democratic future and stands up for Israel in its fight against the terrorist regime that currently rules in Gaza. And I definitely felt proud to be Ukrainian during the meeting of Prime Minister Harper and President Poroshenko in the House of Commons," said Ms. Sheinina.
Canada has been a leader in condemning Russia's illegal occupation of Crimea, while also taking the lead in imposing economic sanctions and travel bans against those responsible for the ongoing crisis. Prime Minister Harper's leadership within the G7 helped ensure Russia's expulsion from the G8, and our Government continues to work with the international community to help ensure Ukrainians can determine the future of their own country.