On October 30, 2008, Alberta passed Bill 37: Ukainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day Act.

Congratulations to UCC Alberta Provincial Council and all branches and member organizations for their hard work on getting this recognition accomplished.  Alberta now joins Saskatchewan and Manitoba as provinces who have recognized the Holodomor as an act of genocide.

Below is Dr. William Zuzak's note on the day in the legislature.

Irka Mycak

Begin forwarded message:
From: "William Zuzak" <[email protected]>
Date: October 31, 2008 1:42:07 AM GMT-04:00
To: "Irene Mycak" <[email protected]>
Cc: "Will Zuzak" <[email protected]>, "Luba Feduschak" <[email protected]>
Subject: Bill 37: Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day Act

Dear Irka Mycak:
Bill 37: Ukrainian Famine and Genocide (Holodomor) Memorial Day Act passed third reading at 16:08:40 hrs, Thursday, 30 October 2008 in the Alberta Legislature. (It is only the fourth time in Alberta's history that a bill passed all 3 readings on  the same day. It requires unanimous consent with no dissenters.)
The Honourable Gene Zwozdesky introduced the Bill 37 at 14:47 hrs, which passed first reading by unanimous consent. At 14:57 hrs the Legislature agreed to allow 2nd reading. Mr. Zwozdesky introduced several guests from the 120 sitting in the public and member galleries and about 9 survivors in the "side" gallery (to a standing ovation).
Between 15:00 hrs and 16:00 hrs a total of 13 MLAs made impassioned speeches on the Holodomor culminating with Mr. Zwozdesky very emotionally thanking Premier Stelmach and all MLAs for allowing him to introduce Bill 37 and agreeing to facilitate passage in a single day. At the end, he very eloquently thanked the Survivors in Ukrainian.
After further procedural niceties to allow third reading, the Speaker read Bill 37 into the record and the vote carried unanimously at 16:08:40 hrs (to a standing ovation).
After the Legislature adjourned, everybody was invited to an informal gathering in the rotunda, where dark bread and borsch liquid (in foam glasses) were served. There were several short speeches and a photo opportunity of several MLAs with the survivors.

Respectfully submitted
Will Zuzak