MPs hold emergency debate on crisis in Ukraine

Liberal MP Ralph Goodale. (QMI AGENCY, file)

Liberal MP Ralph Goodale. (QMI AGENCY, file)

Jessica Hume, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 8:35 PM ET

OTTAWA - The Opposition argued for using the Special Economic Measures Act to impose "targeted sanctions" against members of the Ukrainian government to "send the message that anyone who wants to do business with Canada" has to abide by certain democratic principles.

All parties agreed to an emergency debate Monday after passing a motion condemning the actions of the Ukrainian government and calling recent anti-protest legislation "draconian."

President Viktor Yanukovich agreed Monday night to roll back the anti-protest legislation just as a new report raised the death toll in the Ukraine to six protesters.

Yanukovich also agreed to a special parliamentary session Tuesday, where the new law will officially be scrapped and negotiations with opposition parties will continue.

Tory MP James Bezan said Canada would work with "like-minded countries" toward "new elections."

In the meantime, he said Ukrainian government "security forces have to be removed from the street" and encouraged the "peaceful protesters" to continue until "the government honours their wishes."


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