The Senator's Contribution to Canada

In the Senate of Canada

"The word multiculturalism was coined in Canada and came into common usage during the 1960s in the context of an extended debate on national unity... An early and indefatigable champion of Canadian multiculturalism, Senator Paul Yuzyk of Manitoba, devoted his 1964 maiden speech in the Senate on the subject, saying in part:

Senator Yuzyk accompanies Prime Minister Rt. Hon. John Diefenbaker, on February 4, 1963, upon being appointed to the Senate of Canada.

'The Indians and Eskimos have been with us throughout our history; the British group is multicultural - English, Scots, Irish, Welsh; and with the setting up of other ethnic groups, which now make up almost a third of the population, Canada has become multicultural in fact ... In keeping with the ideals of democracy and the spirit of Confederation. Canada should accept and guarantee the principle of the partnership of all peoples who have contributed to her development and progress.'"
("Multiculturalism .. being Canadian" - Multiculturalism and Citizenship Canada, 1987)

Remembering His Achievements

Senator Paul Yuzyk and his wife, Mary, speaking with Prime Minister P.E. Trudeau, after he announced the policy of multiculturalism at the Ukrainian Canadian Congress in Winnipeg, October 9,1971














In Public and Community Life

Senator Yuzyk worked with many ethnic groups, supporting their cultural endeavors and promoting their interests.  










Senator Yuzyk was active in various organizations serving in many capacities.

At the 25th Anniversary of the National Library of Canada, June 28, 1978, viewing
the newest electronic retrieval computers. Left to right: Governor General Jules Leger,
Secretary of State John Roberts, Dr. Guy Sylvestre, National Librarian
and Senator Paul Yuzyk. (Seated, middle: Mrs. Leger.)















In 1972 Senator Yuzyk intensified his activities in the North Atlantic Assembly (NATO) particularly in the Committee on Education, Cultural Affairs and Information.

North Atlantic Assembly of NATO, Bonn, Germany, Nov. 20-24, 1978.









In 1977 he was unanimously elected rapporteur of the Sub-Committee on the Free Flow of Information and People for 4 years where he is devoting his efforts to the implementation of the human rights provisions of the Helsinki Accords by the Soviet Union and the Satellite countries.








His presence twice as Canadian Parliamentary Observer at the Belgrade Conference helped to exert continuous pressure on the Soviet Bloc countries to live up to the declaration which they signed. He also fought for this cause in his capacity as chairman of the Human Rights Commission of the World Congress of Free Ukrainians and as vice-chairman of the Canadian Parliamentary Helsinki Group.

Senator Yuzyk was involved in Amnesty International and was a director in the sixties of the Canadian Society for the Abolition of the Death Penalty.

Extract from "Jean CHRETIEN: "Economic reforms are of vital importance for investments" by Oleksa PIDLUTSKY, The Day, 1999, 4

Q.: Do Canadian Ukrainians truly play an important role in the political and economic life of your country? Who in Canada could Ukrainians in Ukraine be proud of among their ethnic brothers?

A.: There are many famous Canadians of Ukrainian descent who have made a remarkable contribution to Canada. Notable in the arts are: sculptor Leo Mol; the late painter William Kurelek; painter Peter Shostak; Theatre Director Taras Shipowick; Walter Klymkiw, Conductor of the Winnipeg Choir; and best-selling author Myrna Kostash.

In the area of government service, we find the late J. B. Rudnyckij, member of the Bilingualism & Biculturalisn Commission; the late constitutional lawyer Walter Tarnopolski; the late Supreme Court Justice John Sopinka; former Governor General Ray Hnatyshyn; the late Senator Paul Yuzyk; and former Deputy Prime Minister Don Mazankowski.

At least five Members of Parliament in the present House of Commons are of Ukrainian descent: Wait Lastewka, Lou Sekora, John Soloman, Judy Wasylycia-Leis and Jim Pankiw. The Canadian Senate also includes A. Raynell Andreychuk and David Tkachuk, who are of Ukrainian descent.