GRC Report | Feb. 02, 2005 | Will Zuzak

Government Relations Committee Report

(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
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

(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".