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Government Relations Committee; Wed., Feb. 02, 2005

(1) On Dec. 14, 2004 Judy Sgro signed a directive to Eileen Boyd, assistant Clerk of the Privy Council to proceed with the revocation of the citizenship of Wasyl Odynsky and on Dec. 22, 2004 Max Wolpert, counsel for the Justice Department, sent a letter to Barbara Jackman (Odynsky's lawyer) which her office received at 3:00 p.m., Dec. 24, 2004 and which was transmitted to Olya Odynsky on Jan. 04, 2005.

With a late version of RealPlayer installed on your computer, you can view a news item on the issue at
http://kontakt.infoukes.com/
January 15th 2005; Episode #1319; Segment 5. Ms. Odynsky asks Ukrainian organizations and individuals to contact their MPs and protest this action.

Marco Levytsky has published an article and an editorial on the Odynsky case in the Jan. 19 – Feb. 01, 2005 issue of the Ukrainian News archived at
http://www.willzuzak.ca/tp/ukrnews/ukrnews.html

(2) Judy Sgro resigned as Minister of Citizenship and Immigration on the evening of Jan. 13, 2005 and was immediately replaced by Joe Volpe the next morning. We note that the 56-year-old Italian-born Joe Volpe “is also a founding member of the Liberal Parliamentarians for Israel and a member of the Canada-Israel Interparliamentary Group”.

(3) The Standing Committee on Citizenship and Immigration (CIMM) has scheduled cross-Canada public hearings on the new Citizenship Act from Mar. 07 to Apr. 15, 2005. In Calgary these are scheduled for Wed., Apr. 06, 2005 at the Delta Bow Valley and in Edmonton for Thu., Apr. 07, 2005 at the Hotel MacDonald. Organizations and individuals are encouraged to notify William Farrell at 613-995-8525 or cimm@parl.gc.ca of their intention to make a submission.

Further information is archived in my Furman Files and the CIMM website:
http://www.willzuzak.ca/tp/furman/furman.html
http://www.parl.gc.ca/committee/CommitteePublication.aspx?SourceId=96511
http://www.parl.gc.ca/committee/CommitteeHome.aspx?SelectedElementId=e17_&Lang=1&ParlSession=381&CommitteeId=8975

(4) The official U.S. delegation to the inauguration of President Viktor Yushchenko on Jan. 23, 2005 included Myron Kuropas. He was accused of holding anti-Semitic views by the Holocaust Industry.
http://www.realcities.com/mld/krwashington/10732742.htm
http://www.suntimes.com/output/news/cst-nws-niu28.html
http://www.daily-chronicle.com/articles/2005/01/29/news/news02.txt
“Democratic Congressmen Rahm Emanuel of Illinois and Henry Waxman of California sent a letter to Peters Thursday calling on the university to renounce some of Kuropas' past comments.”

It is unbelievable that Dr. Kuropas, who has spent so many years and effort to try to improve Ukrainian-Jewish relations and promote an understanding of the Ukrainian viewpoint, should now be demonized by the Holocaust Industry. Letters of protest to the two offending Congressmen would be in order.

Respectfully yours
Will Zuzak, 2005-02-01