The outlet reminded that “under the Conservative government, the Ukrainian community has received unwavering support” since the onset of the military conflict in the southeast of the country.
“In 2013, the image of the foreign minister at the time, John Baird, in Kiev among demonstrators demanding a new government was the symbol of this strong relationship,” it added.
However, after the Liberal Party won a surprise majority in parliament in 2015, Canada's foreign minister Stéphane Dion seemed to signal a shift in relations with Russia.
"Canada's severing of ties with Russia had no positive consequences for anyone," Dion reiterated in March, "not for Canadians, not for the Russian people, not for Ukraine and not for global security."
"Canada must stop being essentially the only one practicing an empty chair policy with Russia, because by doing so, we are only punishing ourselves," he added.
Dion said the policy left Canada with a diminished role at venues such as the OECD (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), the International Atomic Energy Agency and international fisheries talks, where other countries were debating issues important to Canada.
"Cooperation is often in our interest — on environmental issues, for example — given that we are Arctic neighbors, facing similar challenges due to our shared geography. It makes no sense to prevent our scientists from working with their Russian colleagues to protect the northern ecosystem," Dion then said.
The foreign minister also stressed that “Canada's confrontational attitude to Russia had brought no benefit to Ukraine."
However, the stubborn, silent approach was advocated by Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko, who said that Ottawa has “nothing to talk about with Moscow.”
"Ultimately, it is a moral choice. Ottawa needs to choose sides," Radio Canada’s website quotes him as saying.
The UCC expects the issue to be raised during the meeting of the two leaders in Kiev.
Finally, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has overseen the signing of a free trade agreement with Ukraine after years of negotiations.
Ukrainian officials are hoping the accord will spark an influx of Canadian investment for their country's struggling economy.
“With 1.3 million Canadians of Ukrainian origin, [the Canadian Prime Minister] has no choice but to carefully maintain this relationship,” Radio Canada’s website finally states.