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Macedonians Demand Resignation of Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis May 14, 2011

Posted by Yilan in Canada, Macedonia.
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As expected, the Liberal Party of Canada has, once again, completely ignored racism within their own party. As reported by Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) on March 8, 2011, Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis spewed out more anti-Macedonian hate, caught on video, at a lecture titled “Insight to Hellenism” at the University of Toronto on March 5, 2011.

While praising the lecture, which glorified Greece’s persecution of Macedonians and which defended the bombing of Macedonian civilians during Greece’s Civil War, Karygiannis once again referred to Macedonians as “Skopjans”. This is a term used by Greece to negate the ethnic identity of Macedonians and evokes Greece’s horrific campaigns, past and present, at ethnically cleansing or forcibly assimilating its large Macedonian minority.

On March 8, MHRMI called on “…Canadian politicians, regardless of party affiliation, to demand Jim Karygiannis’ immediate resignation.” To our knowledge, this was to no avail. Ironically, during the election campaign, every other controversial issue related to the “ethnic vote” seemed to be embraced by every political party and reported on in the media.

While addressing one of the guest speakers, Christos Karatzios, Karygiannis said “This (lecture) has to be brought into the House of Commons”, and “…come and enlighten the rest of my colleagues on what is Greece…” He added, “Sir, I would welcome you to send a letter to all the members of parliament…I’d be delighted to help”.

Karygiannis said “…The Skopjans as I have to politically call them…”. What motivates him “politically” to use such a derogatory term? Is he in Canadian parliament to carry out the work of the Greek government?

Karygiannis also referred to Macedonians as “Skopjans” in an interview for the Globe and Mail on September 21, 2007, following Canada’s recognition of the Republic of Macedonia. Canadian-Macedonians were outraged and flooded the Liberal Party with demands that Karygiannis be reprimanded. The Liberal Party ignored the issue and instead chose to attack Canada’s recognition of Macedonia, pandering to the Greek-Canadian community.

MHRMI reiterates its call on Canadian politicians, regardless of party affiliation, to demand Jim Karygiannis’ immediate resignation. We ask that concerned Canadians do the same via the contact information on our website. Jim Karygiannis’ continued presence in Parliament is an affront to traditional Canadian values.

Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) has been active on human and national rights issues for Macedonians and other oppressed peoples since 1986.



1. Alexandre Cyr - November 11, 2011

This plug ugly is a very good representative of an important anti-québecer minority in Canada. He’s in the top 100 of influential Quebec haters in canada. He’s on of his quote.

«Quebec gives me a bad taste in the mouth, in my opinion, take these bastards and throw them in the ocean.»

French spoken separatist have to endure this racism constantly. It is coherent that the federal liberals kept him in their team, because the Mulrooney conservatives were to much friendly of Quebec in the head of Canadians. And the story prooved that I’m right, because the liberals won with big majority a few years after. Canada is based on a constant harassment of Quebecers, to make us lose all pride in ourselves. It can be hard to understand for people outside Canada, but that’s a fact.

The ”equalization” revenues that we are getting from the canadian provinces is a big example. We are giving to the federal gouvernment over 50% of our incame taxes (more than 60 billion $) every year. The federal is taking that money to invest almost only elsewhere in the country and they are building their army with Quebecers money which represent almost 25% of the total money he’s collecting coast to coast. In the past years, it was other strategies prevailing at that time, when they were giving less money back. Quebec is losing more than 10 billions $ (around 13 G) every year inside Canada. That doesn’t include the polution we are receinving from the province of Ontario, which is the second most poluated place in north america after Texas.

The assimilation of the Quebecer is rising since the provincialist-federalist gov’t is in place in Quebec’s parliament, combine with the Harper one in Ottawa.
At least, we have a law which protect the french language in Quebec.
But another annexation with english Canada is starting now with the nomination of two english unilingual Auditor General and a surpreme court judge. We need the people of Quebec take confience itself and separates as soon as possible, not to become commonplace American of French origin or other.

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