Borys Wrzesnewskyj plans not to run in the next federal election

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Three years ago, on October 20, Borys Wrzesnewskyj celebrated his election as Liberal MP in the Etobicoke Centre at Plast Huculak Centre. Exactly three years on, Wrzesnewskyj gathered a group of Ukrainian Canadian community leaders at the same location to announce that he will not be running in the next federal election.

Wrzesnewskyj thanked his friends, supporters and his team for “their trust, aid and for allowing me to achieve so many things over the years in Ottawa and in this particular community, for our Canadian-Ukrainian community, [and] Canada-Ukraine relations.”

Wrzesnewskyj will remain the Etobicoke Center MP until the next federal elections. While still in the office, he plans to continue promoting creation of the Ambassador for Women, Peace and Security office. “This is supposed to be an incubator of the future Department of Peace,” said Wrzesnewskyj. He informed that in fall, a group of Ukrainian women underwent training in Canada. They could become a part of the peacekeeping group in Ukraine, operating under the ‘Women, Peace and Security’ slogan. “There’s a horrible cultural violence in the occupied territories, so very specialized forces will be required [after de-occupation],” said Wrzesnewskyj. He hopes the government will “operationalize” the Ambassador position before spring 2019.

His another focus currently is countering Russia’s meddling in elections in Canada and Ukraine. He noted that Russia targets both. Both countries are having elections next year and need to oppose the Russian interference, Wrzesnewskyj said.

During his announcement, Wrzesnewskyj recalled that he always took young people from the community into his bureau. “Yvan Baker excelled himself in my nomination first. And I feel at peace now, because you need to know when is the right moment to relay from one generation to the next,” said Wrzesnewskyj.

He called on the community to support Baker’s nomination and then his candidacy as the MP for Etobicoke Center in the 2019 federal elections.

Yvan Baker, in turn, announced that he plans to enter the federal politics. “For the last four years, I have been focused on results for our Etobicoke Centre community. This next step will allow me to continue this work,” said Baker. Baker also announced forthcoming meetings with the constituents to discuss their priorities. These include the economy, jobs, healthcare, and infrastructure development.

Yvan Baker (left) and MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj. Credits: Kateryna Bandura
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