MP LINDA DUNCAN COMMEMORATES THE 26TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CHERNOBYL NUCLEAR DISASTER

OTTAWA – Linda Duncan, Member of Parliament for Edmonton – Strathcona and New Democrat Critic for Public Works and Government Services today marked the occasion of the 26th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster in Ukraine.

“The Chernobyl nuclear explosion in 1986 impacted the lives of millions in Ukraine, as well as in Belarus and the Russian Federation.” said Duncan. “The devastating environmental consequences of radioactive contamination, the health impacts – particularly childhood thyroid cancer, and the socio-economic cost are all tragic results of a tragic and preventable accident.”

“Canada and the global community must be guided by the memory of the tragic Chernobyl disaster to take all necessary action to ensure that such a catastrophe never occurs again.”

“As a Director of the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group, I stand together with my constituents, my colleagues in the Canada-Ukraine Parliamentary Friendship Group, and my New Democrat colleagues in commemoration of this disaster, in remembrance of the victims, and in solidarity to take all necessary action prevent any such disaster from occurring in the future.”

Linda Duncan will be traveling to Ukraine this coming May with the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development and will visit Kyiv, Lviv, and Kharkiv.