OTTAWA (ANCC)–The second reading of Motion M-380 that would recognize the Armenian Genocide is expected to take place in late April in the Canadian House of Commons. Introduced by private member Madeleine Dalphond-Guiral–M-380 was read and debated on February 25. According to House of Commons rules–motions by a private member are subject to two readings of one hour each. The vote on the motion will take place after the second reading.
Leading up to that vote–the Armenian National Committee of Canada (ANCC) has not only been working within Canada’s parliament–but has also been aggressively pursuing Members of Parliament (MP)–as well as affiliated bodies so as to ensure passage of the motion that states–"That this House acknowledges the Armenian genocide of 1915 and condemns this act as a crime against humanity."
To date–of the more than 50 MPs approached–most have committed to supporting the motion.
Alongside these efforts–representatives of ANC regions have been meeting with respective MPs–while the ARF Youth of Canada have initiated a mass email and letter writing campaign to garner support. Area Armenian organizations are doing the same.
Representative of ARF Canada’s Central Committee and ANCC have met with executive members of the Canadian Race Relations Foundation (CRRF) to outreach and gain even wider support for the effort.
The CRRF’s mission is to build a national framework for the fight against racism in Canadian society. Its mission is to bring about a more harmonious Canada that acknowledges its racist past–recognizes the pervasiveness of racism today–and is committed to creating a future in which all Canadians are treated equitably and fairly.
Members of the CRRF executive promised to extend cooperation and practical assistance–assuring they would discuss the matter with minister with that cooperate with the CRRF.
Results of CRRF’s promises came through the following day during a conference in Montreal–titled Hate and Racism: Seeking Solutions. In their speeches–UN Special Envoy Stephen Lewis and Lieutenant General Romeo Dallaire introduced Armenian efforts to the body–urging cooperation. The CRRF was a partner in the planning and implementation of this important and timely conference.