Fed parties agree more 'pressure' on Ukraine

People wave Canadian and Ukranian national flags during a rally to express solidarity with...

People wave Canadian and Ukranian national flags during a rally to express solidarity with anti-government protesters in Ukraine, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa January 29, 2014. REUTERS/Blair Gable

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 9:09 PM ET

OTTAWA - Ukrainian-Canadians urged the Prime Minister to "bear pressure" on the Ukrainian government in a meeting on Parliament Hill on Thursday.

Stephen Harper met with members of the Canadian Ukrainian Congress and Canadian Friends of the Ukraine to discuss the "evolving situation" in the country described by one of its previous leaders only one day earlier as being on the brink of a civil war.

"All parties agreed that Canada must continue to monitor developments and consider all options to help bring to bear pressure on those seeking to stifle freedom and democracy in Ukraine," Jason MacDonald, a spokesman for Harper said in a statement.

Joining Harper was Social Development Minister Jason Kenney, Tory MPs Ted Opitz and James Bezan, and Sen. Raynell Andreychuk.

The government announced this week Canada would bar entry to key members of the Ukrainian government and security officials.


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