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According to an article in May 6th’s Winnipeg Sun, The Ukrainian Canadian Congress asked candidates in the recent federal election to weigh in on the controversy regarding the Holodomor and the Canadian Human Rights Museum.  A survey distributed to candidates prior to the election included the question: “Do you support the inclusion of a permanent and prominent gallery for the Holodomor (Ukrainian famine genocide) of 1932-1933 at the Canadian Museum of Human Rights?”

More than 100 candidates responded to the survey, with approximately 80% coming out in support of a permanent standalone Holodomor gallery, UCC executive director Taras Zalusky told the Sun

“We will be cross-referencing candidates who responded (with winning candidates) and meeting with them to discuss the issue in more detail once they have settled in,” Zalusky said.

Zaluzky believes that the Holodomor and the Holocaust should have equal prominence at the museum.

“We support a permanent gallery for the Holocaust — it’s not a case of us verses them,” Zalusky told the Sun. “Our position is that there should be a permanent and prominent gallery highlighting the crimes of communism.”

Editor’s note: A stand alone permanent Holodomor Gallery will have to get space from somewhere. A stand alone gallery means a re-work of the proposed plans.  Will it result in reducing the proposed Holocaust Gallery to half of its size---quite possibly. What is new in Zalusky’s comments is that the UCC wants not only a prominent gallery for the Holodomor but it is now saying it should be a stand alone Gallery.

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