Saskatchewan Senator Raynell Andreychuk, who was among a group of Canadians in Ukraine during recent elections, says the vote for president marks a turning point for that country.
"This election became the pivotal moment to change the direction of this country," Andreychuk told CBC News. "These people did not want the kind of leadership and governments they had. They came out in good numbers to say we want another direction."
Following months of violence, Ukrainians went to the polls Sunday in presidential elections.
Andreychuk, who estimated the turn out was more 60 per cent, said the outcome of the vote is critical to the future of the country.
"I think there is strategically an opportunity for Ukraine to develop democratically and move towards benefiting citizens more," she added.
According to exit polls, voters appear to have endorsed business man Petro Poroshenko, by a wide margin.