Trudeau and his two measuring sticks the dictatorships of Cuba and Venezuela

The Canadian government has a double yardstick to measure the dictatorships of Cuba and Venezuela, ignoring the colonization of Castroism over Chavismo and an obvious difference: Maduro allows the concurrence of electoral opponents; but Havana does not allow the presence of opponents or in neighborhood elections.

“As in 2018, the conditions for free and fair elections do not yet exist in Venezuela,” the Canadian government said in a statement and its Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mélanie Joly, congratulated opponents for daring to participate in the elections, last Sunday, despite risks to his personal safety.

What prevents Ottawa from reformulating its policy towards Cuba, knowing the liberticidal heart of Castroism; once again evidenced by the repression unleashed after 11J and 15N?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who uses his youth and fresh style as electoral assets, behaves like an old man from the Cold War in the face of the Cuban dictatorship, despite the fact that diplomats suffered sonic attacks in Havana and are now filing lawsuits against the state in court; that Canadians are still imprisoned in Cuba and businessmen were convicted and exiled from the island, after years of collaboration with the government.

Canada’s economic and tourist interests in Cuba are insufficient to try to justify Justin Trudeau’s constant bivouac, who only speaks out against the excesses of Havana because his opponent, the Conservative Party, and Cuban émigrés make it clear.

A government that claims to be modern and a defender of freedom and human rights throughout the world cannot afford exceptions, even in the name of the fictitious geopolitical balance with Washington, another relic of the Cold War, because Cuba no longer serves as an ally or as Trudeau’s enemy and tolerance only contribute to the Havana fiction that justifies its repressive and starving character in a non-existent conflict with the United States, denying the growing rejection it provokes among Cubans.

If Justin Trudeau and his government still have doubts about the totalitarian character and allergic to democracy and human rights of the oldest dictatorship in the West, they should only review the slam of Raúl Castro to President Barack Obama and the fiscal requests of up to 30 years of jail for young Cubans.

If the Canadian doubt were due only to sentimental issues due to the good harmony of Pierre Trudeau, the progenitor of the current prime minister with Fidel Castro, defending that Cuba was not Haiti; As some observers recall, a self-proclaimed modern politician must have known of the growing Haitianization of the island at the hands of Castroism, which causes suffering and death to a noble people.

Justin Trudeau may need to kill his father – psychologically and politically – but he will not be able to be a 21st century politician until he does not stop seeing Cuba as an exception, which is the main objective of Havana and of all its foreign policy; solidarity is an essential value in a post-coronavirus world; but with the victims, never with the executioners.

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