OTTAWA–The Legislative Assembly of British Columbia unanimously adopted a Private Member’s Motion (Motion 59) recognizing the Armenian genocide and designating April 24 of every year as a day of remembrance for the 1.5 million Armenia’s who fell victim to the first genocide of the 20th Century.
The debate on the Motion–which was sponsored by Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Adrian Dix (Vancouver-Kingsway)–was voted on at the end of the allotted one hour period–according to Private Member’s Motion rules.
MLA’s Adrian Dix (Vancouver-Kingsway)–Rob Fleming (Victoria-Hillside)–Randy Hawes (Maple Ridge-Mission)–Dave S. Hayer (Surrey-Tynehead)–John Horgan (Malahat-Juan De Fuca)–Murine Karagianis (Esquimalt-Metchosin)–Leonared Krog (Naniamo)–Kevin Krueger (Kamloops-North Thompson)–John Nuraney (Burnaby-Wellingdon)–Micheal Sather (Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows)–and John Yap (Richmond- tevenston) spoke in support of the Motion.
Since last August The Armenian National Committee of Canada (ANCC)–The Armenian National Committee of Canada – West (ANCCW)–and The Armenian National Committee of Vancouver (ANCV)–have worked closely with the MLA’s Dix–Hawes–Sather–and Hayer to build non-partisan support for Motion 59.
The ANCC–ANCCW–and ANCV delegates had numerous meetings with various MLA’s to brief them on the Motion’s importance as a universal human rights issue.
In addition–the delegates presented a historical overview of the Genocide and supporting documen’s.
Executive Director of the ANCC Aris Babikian–on behalf of the Canadian-Armenian community–thanked MLA’s Adrian Dix and Randy Hawes for their leadership in the successful adoption of the Motion. Furthermore–Babikian thanked members who spoke in favor of the Motion and the members who voted to adopt it.
"This is a historic day for our community in Canada and in British Columbia. The steadfast support and the unanimous vote of the MLA’s demonstrates once again that the Turkish Government’s denial policy and rewriting of history will not succeed. We call upon the Turkish Government to be constructive–to come to terms with its dark history and to acknowledge its predecessors’ guilt and extend a hand of atonement and reconciliation to the Armenian people," said Babikian.
The following is the text of Motion 59:
"Be it resolved that this House recognize the genocide of the Armenia’s as a crime against humanity. Be it further resolved that this House urge the BC [British Columbia] government to designate April 24th of every year hereafter throughout BC as a day of remembrance for the 1.5 million Armenia’s who fell victim to the first genocide of the 20th Century."