PM announces new measures to promote democracy in Ukraine

Ottawa, Ontario
23 April 2014

Introduction

In the lead up to Ukraine’s presidential elections, Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced support for three new initiatives that will promote democracy in the country, and see up to 500 observers travel to Ukraine to monitor the elections.

The initiatives include providing:

  • A Canadian election observer mission of up to 338 observers for the presidential elections;
  • Support for up to 150 Canadian observers to participate in the Organization for Security Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights Election Observation Mission for the presidential elections; and,
  • 12 Canadian parliamentarians to join the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly Election Observation Mission delegation to the presidential elections.

For more information on the election observation mission and how to participate, please visit http://www.caneom.ca.

Quick Facts

  • Canada was the first Western country to recognize Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
  • Since 2004, Canada has contributed hundreds of election observers to five successive Ukrainian elections, to help further strengthen democracy in the country.
  • In recent months, Canada has provided support to help Ukraine stabilize its economy, promote economic and social development, and for urgent medical assistance for Ukrainians injured while standing up for democratic change.
  • Canada, along with a number of other member countries of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), is also taking part in a special observer mission that is reporting on the political and security situation in Ukraine.

Quotes

“Canada is a world leader in helping to promote democracy and good governance in Ukraine. The measures announced today will help ensure that the upcoming Ukrainian elections are free and fair and that democracy and governance are the cornerstones of the new Government.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper

“Canada will continue to help ensure that Ukrainians are free to exercise their sovereign rights and to choose a leader, free from coercion or intimidation.” – Prime Minister Stephen Harper