Trudeau Doctrine

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1778 ... March 5, 2019
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Trudeau Doctrine

Yves Engler

Many Canadians are familiar with the Monroe Doctrine. First issued in 1823, it warned European powers against renewed colonization of the Western Hemisphere. Presented as anti-imperialist, the Monroe Doctrine was later used to justify U.S. interference in regional affairs.

We may be seeing the development of a Canadian equivalent. The "Trudeau Doctrine" claims to support a "rules-based order," the "constitution" and regional diplomacy independent of the hegemon. But, history is likely to judge "Trudeau Doctrine" rhetoric as little more than a mask for aggressive interference in the affairs of a sovereign nation.

For two years Canada’s Prime Minister has been conspiring with Juan Guaidó’s hardline Voluntad Popular party to oust Nicolas Maduro’s government. In May 2017 Trudeau met Lilian... Tintori, wife of Voluntad Popular leader Leopoldo López. The Guardian recently reported on Tintori’s role in building international support for the slow-motion coup attempt currently underway in Venezuela. Tintori acted as an emissary for Lopez who couldn’t travel to Ottawa because he was convicted of inciting violence during the guarimbas protests in 2014. According to a series of reports, Lopez is the key Venezuelan organizer of the plan to anoint Guaidó interim president. Canadian diplomats spent "months," reports Canadian Press, coordinating the plan with the hard-line opposition. In a story titled "Anti-Maduro coalition grew from secret talks," the Associated Press reported on Canada’s "key role" in building international diplomatic support for claiming the head of the national assembly was president. This included Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland speaking to Guaidó "the night before Maduro’s swearing-in ceremony to offer her government’s support should he confront the socialist leader."

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