REGINA – Premier Scott Moe weighed in on social media on Feb. 25 as to how Canada can react to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
Canada, and the United States, can stop using Russian oil.
Moe posted on Facebook, “Just to be clear, both Canada and the US will continue to import oil from Russia. Because our national governments consider the construction of oil pipelines from western Canada a greater threat than Russia, apparently.”
This was with a photo laden with a quote from Ukrainian Member of Parliament Alexey Goncharenko, stating, “Every barrel of oil and every cubic meter of gas which is now bought from Russia is something which is paid by our Ukrainian blood.
“And today it’s our Ukrainian blood, tomorrow it will be the blood of other nations.”
Just to be clear, both Canada and the US will continue to import oil from Russia. Because our national governments consider the construction of oil pipelines from western Canada a greater threat than Russia, apparently. pic.twitter.com/dx5XGIjMBd
— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) February 25, 2022
New Democratic Party Leader Ryan Meili put out an open letter to Premier Moe on Feb. 24 saying, “Today, I am reaching out to come together and work collaboratively to support those impacted by the Ukrainian invasion. I ask that you join the Official Opposition in calling on the federal government to expedite the settlement process for those fleeing violence in Ukraine and to provide expanded resources and support to settlement agencies supporting newcomers in Saskatchewan.
“In addition, I am calling on you to expand the mandate and membership of the Saskatchewan-Ukraine Relations Advisory Committee (SURAC) to include members of the Legislative Assembly from both sides of the aisle. Now more than ever we need an all hands on deck approach and SURAC is well-positioned to guide the work to support those impacted by the current crisis, facilitate the settlement of refugees and coordinate needed financial support.”
Saskatchewan Minister of Trade and Export Jeremy Harrison said on Feb. 24, “The Russian invasion of Ukraine is an egregious violation of international law and a cruel and reckless act that must be met with a strong response. The impact on the Saskatchewan economy is unclear.
“Saskatchewan calls on the federal government to work with our allies in taking immediate action to severely sanction Russia and her leaders. Canada must also reaffirm our commitments to our NATO partners to deter Russia from broadening the conflict.”
Additionally, Moe tweeted the following on Twitter:
“To those in Ukraine, and all Ukrainian-Canadians with loved ones in Ukraine, Saskatchewan stands with you. The attack by Russia is unprovoked, unwarranted and evil.
“Russia should be met with severe and immediate trade sanctions from nations across the world, including Canada. This must include immediately ending the import of Russian oil and natural gas.”
The province has also made a financial contribution to humanitarian efforts in Ukraine.
He followed up with a tweet saying, “If you want to help, please consider donating to https://cufoundation.ca/donate/ From Many Peoples, Strength.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released this statement on Feb. 24:
“Canada condemns in the strongest possible terms Russia’s egregious attack on Ukraine. These unprovoked actions are a clear further violation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. They are also in violation of Russia’s obligations under international law and the Charter of the United Nations.
“Canada calls on Russia to immediately cease all hostile and provocative actions against Ukraine and withdraw all military and proxy forces from the country. Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity must be respected and the Ukrainian people must be free to determine their own future.
“Russia’s actions will be met with severe consequences. Tomorrow morning, I will be meeting with G7 partners, and we will continue working closely and quickly with NATO and our allies to collectively respond to these reckless and dangerous acts, including by imposing significant sanctions in addition to those already announced.
“In the face of these attacks on Ukraine, Canada will take additional action to stop Russia’s unwarranted aggression. We continue to stand with Ukraine, its people, and the Ukrainian Canadian community here in Canada. Russia’s brazen acts will not go unpunished.”
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Saskatchewan is fortunate to be home to many Ukrainian-Canadians. While we support one another here at home, I know many want to support the efforts abroad too.
Our government has made a contribution to support humanitarian efforts in Ukraine. pic.twitter.com/TVpcFA9UK4
— Scott Moe (@PremierScottMoe) February 25, 2022