Canadas Liberals Have a Disturbing Imperial Streak

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A Socialist Project e-bulletin ... No. 1843 ... June 11, 2019
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Canada’s ‘Liberals’ Have a Disturbing Imperial Streak

Vijay Prashad

Canada’s embassy in Venezuela has just been closed. The spur for this closure is an open attempt by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to overthrow Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro. Canada is one of the leaders of the Lima Group, a network of countries that came together in 2017 with the express purpose of regime change in Venezuela. Canada’s diplomatic corps has played the role of facilitator for the Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaidó. Trudeau and Guaidó speak regularly. Their plot against Venezuela thickens.

The Canadian government held the meeting of the Lima Group this year. It helped organize the speaking tours of Venezuelan opposition figures. But, most controversially, Canada’s ambassador to Venezuela -- Ben Rowswell --... held an annual dinner and delivered a human rights award to people who amplified the voices of those opposed to the Bolivarian Revolution. "The tradition here," Rowswell said sanctimoniously, "is that Canada believes in the principles of human rights and democracy and takes pragmatic measures on the ground to unblock political situations." Unblock political situations is a uniquely Canadian way of saying promoting regime change.

Venezuela has been -- as the most recent dossier from Tricontinental: Institute for Social Research argues -- the target of a hybrid war. Canada has not been a bystander in this hybrid war, but it has functioned to give the entire maneuver the sheen of Canadian liberalism.

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