A rare good statement from the Foreign Affairs Department.
They say a broken clock is right twice a day, and even the Trudeau government once in a while gets something right.
The statement released by the Foreign Affairs Department slams the anti-democratic Maduro regime in Venezuela, a regime that has imprisoned political opponents, held sham elections, took lawful authority away from duly-elected representatives, and has transformed the nation into an economically-collapsed socialistic dictatorship.
Here’s the statement from Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland:
“Today, Nicolás Maduro’s regime loses any remaining appearance of legitimacy. Having seized power through fraudulent and anti-democratic elections held on May 20, 2018, the Maduro regime is now fully entrenched as a dictatorship. The suffering of Venezuelans will only worsen should he continue to illegitimately cling to power.
“Together with other likeminded countries in the Lima Group, Canada rejects the legitimacy of the new presidential term of Nicolás Maduro. We call on him to immediately cede power to the democratically-elected National Assembly until new elections are held, which must include the participation of all political actors and follow the release of all political prisoners in Venezuela.
“In direct response to the actions of the Maduro regime, Canada has imposed targeted sanctions against 70 regime officials and, in collaboration with five other countries in the Americas, referred the situation in Venezuela to the International Criminal Court. Canada has also taken steps to downgrade diplomatic relations and restrict engagement with Venezuela.
“We will continue to take further, strong actions, as agreed to by Lima Group members when we met last week in Peru.
“Canada congratulates Juan Guaidó, who on January 5, 2019, assumed the Presidency of the National Assembly. As the only remaining democratically-elected institution in the country, the National Assembly must continue to play a crucial role in keeping Venezuela’s democracy alive.
“Canadians stand with the people of Venezuela and their desire to restore democracy and human rights in Venezuela.”
While it’s a pretty good statement, the Trudeau government doesn’t seem to be learning the lessons of Venezuela’s failure. Venezuela shows that when an energy-rich nation destroys the private sector, centralizes power, spreads propaganda, and concentrates wealth in a small hypocritical socialist elite, economic collapse will inevitably follow. Unfortunately, Canada seems to be slowly heading down a similar path.
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