PARLIAMENT OF CANADA
DEBATES OF THE SENATE
1st Session, 42nd Parliament, Volume 150, Issue 88
Wednesday, December 14, 2016
The Honourable George J. Furey, Speaker
Notice of Motion to Call Upon the Government to Recognize the Genocide of the Pontic Greeks and Designate May 19th as a Day of Remembrance
Hon. Pana Merchant: Honourable senators, I give notice that, at the next sitting of the Senate, I will move:
That the Senate call upon the government of Canada:
(a) to recognize the genocide of the Pontic Greeks of 1916 to 1923 and to condemn any attempt to deny or distort a historical truth as being anything less than genocide, a crime against humanity; and
(b) to designate May 19th of every year hereafter throughout Canada as a day of remembrance of the over 353,000 Pontic Greeks who were killed or expelled from their homes.
Pana Papas Merchant was born April 2, 1943 in Greece. Educated in Greece and Canada, she obtained a B.A. from the University of Saskatchewan and a Teaching Diploma from the University of Regina. She worked as an elementary and junior high school teacher, and later a businesswoman, and has played an active role in cultural, political, and advocacy groups in Saskatchewan. She is the first Greek born woman to serve in Canada’s Upper Chamber.
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