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Liberal Party of Canada Continues to Shamelessly Pander to Greek Vote

January 30, 2008

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Toronto, Canada - The Liberals have accused PM Stephen Harper of insulting Greeks and demanded a public apology yet they ignore blatant racism within their own party.

In an interview for the Globe and Mail on September 21, 2007, Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis, referred to Macedonians as Skopjans. This is a term used by Greece to negate the ethnic identity of Macedonians and evokes Greeces horrific campaigns, past and present, at ethnically cleansing or forcibly assimilating its large Macedonian minority.

Macedonians demanded a public apology but to no avail. Instead, the Liberals focused on issues important to Greek-Canadians, such as blasting the Conservative Party's recognition of Macedonia under its constitutional name.

"The Liberal Party has made it clear that it does not stand for traditional Canadian values and will do whatever it takes in a desperate attempt to regain office", said MHRMI president Bill Nicholov.


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