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    Armenian National Committee of Canada
    Ottawa, ON
    130 Albert St., Suite 1007
    Ottawa, ON
    KIP 5G4
    Tel. (613) 235-2622 Fax (613) 238-2622

    April 24, 2006

    Contact: Aris Babikian

    (613) 235-2622

    Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs Reaffirms Government Policy on Armenian
    House Of Commons Observes a Minute of Silence

    Ottawa--The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Peter Mackay, in response to
    Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis's (Scarborough-Agincourt) question, reaffirmed
    today Canadian Government's policy on the Armenian Genocide.

    Last Friday the Prime Minister of Canada issued a policy statement,
    recognizing the Armenian Genocide. During today's debate, Mackay stated that
    the Government reaffirmed the motions of the Senate of Canada and the House
    of Commons, recognizing the Armenian Genocide.

    At the end of the Question Period the Speaker of the House invited the
    members of the House to observe a minute of silence in memory of the victims
    of the Armenian Genocide. All four party leaders were present during the
    minute of silence observance.

    Earlier in the day a delegation from the Armenian National Committee of
    Canada (ANCC) and its regional chapters, headed by Hagop Der Khachadourian,
    ANCC International, and Archbishop Khajak Hagopian, prelate of the Armenian
    Church of Canada, visited the Armenian Embassy to lay a wreath at the
    monument dedicated to the victims of the Armenian Genocide. Later the charge
    de' affaires of the embassy, Michael Vartanyan, joined Armenian community
    leaders to attend the House of Commons session where Genocide affirmation
    statements were made by the representative of all political parties. MP Gary
    Goodyear (Cambridge) spoke on behalf of the governing Conservative party;
    Raymonde Folco (Laval-Les Iles) spoke on behalf of the Liberal Party, and
    Nicole Demers (Laval) on behalf of Bloc Québécois.

    The successes of the past few weeks were attained largely due to the
    tireless efforts of the ANCC and its regional chapters. In the passed month
    ANCC delegates met with representatives of the Government and other parties
    to co-ordinate the commemoration of the 91st anniversary of the Genocide.
    Today's affirmation by the Minister of Foreign Affairs was the third
    declaration, within a week by the Government, acknowledging the historical
    reality of the Armenian Genocide.


    The ANCC is the largest and the most influential Canadian-Armenian
    grassroots political organization. Working in coordination with a network of
    offices, chapters, and supporters throughout Canada and affiliated
    organizations around the world, the ANCC actively advances the concerns of
    the Canadian-Armenian community on a broad range of issues.

    Regional Chapters
    Montréal- Toronto - Laval - Vancouver - Ottawa - Hamilton - Cambridge
    St. Catharines - Windsor