Edmonton, Alberta – On Saturday evening Progressive Conservative leadership candidate, the Honourable Jason Kenney, received the Ukrainian Order of Merit at the Ukrainian Canadian Congress Alberta Provincial Council’s annual Hetman Awards ceremony in Edmonton, Alberta.
Mr. Kenney was first informed of this honour during a visit with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in August in Kyiv, and his appointment was announced during celebrations of Ukraine’s twenty-fifth anniversary of independence. The Order was bestowed in recognition of Kenney’s years of support for Ukraine, through diplomatic and military efforts.
“I am deeply honoured to receive this recognition from the President of Ukraine. I have always been proud to stand with Ukraine, which for too long has been an underdog of modern history, but which is emerging with great hope for the future thanks to the sacrifices of the heroes of the Maidan movement. I am proud of the role that I played in official recognition of the Holodomor Famine-Genocide, in our strong diplomatic efforts to defend Ukraine’s independence from Vladimir Putin’s illegal invasion, and in deploying Canada’s military to help better train and equip brace Ukrainians to defend their country,” said Kenney.
The Award was presented to Mr. Kenney by Ukraine’s Ambassador to Canada, Andriy Schevchenko, on behalf of President Poroshenko.
In 2009, Mr. Kenney received the Taras Schevchenko Medal, the highest honour bestowed by the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, in recognition of his successful efforts to memorialize Canada’s First World War Internment Operations; to achieve the Government of Canada’s recognition of the Holodomor Famine-Genocide; and to deepen appreciation for the Ukrainian community’s central role in Canadian multiculturalism.