Mr. Speaker, I rise to commemorate the 88th anniversary of the famine genocide in Ukraine known as the Holodomor, when Joseph Stalin closed Ukraine's borders and confiscated all food to destroy a Ukrainian population opposed to his rule. Nineteen people per minute, 1,200 per hour and 28,000 per day were dying of famine at the height of the Holodomor. The world was silent. Millions died as a result.
My grandmother Olena was a survivor of the Holodomor. She once told me that she hoped that the victims of the Holodomor would be not only remembered but also honoured. For her, honouring them meant not just remembering them or commemorating them, but making sure that crimes like this never happen again.
I hope that this week we all take the time to not only remember and commemorate the victims, but also renew our and redouble our efforts to ensure that crimes like this, which are happening even today, stop and never happen again. Let us do as my grandmother would have asked to do if she were here today. Let us remember, commemorate and honour the victims.