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Migrants leaving Venezuela because of the impossible economic situation there, especially those in South America, are facing extremely difficult conditions, including the lack of basic necessities and hostility from the population around them. The best solution to this problem would be the safe return of these migrants to a normal lifestyle in their homes in Venezuela. This is unfortunately not possible because of the impossible economic situation in Venezuela due primarily to the illegal sanctions imposed by the USA and countries, like Canada, that support them.

The Canadian, Latin American and Caribbean Policy Centre, June 11, 2021
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The Canadian, Latin American and Caribbean Policy Centre is pleased to send the attached letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,  Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs and all the Members of the Global Affairs Committee of the Canadian Parliament, Jagmeet Singh leader of the NDP, Elizabeth May leader of the Green Party,  and Yves-Francois Blanchet, leader of the Bloc Quebecois, concerning CANADA’S “CONFERENCE OF DONORS TO VENEZUELAN REFUGEES”

To :    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs and all the Members of the Global Affairs Committee of the Canadian Parliament, Jagmeet Singh Leader, of the NDP, and Elizabeth May, leader of the Green Party and Yves-Francois Blanchet, leader of the Bloc Quebecois

From : The Canadian, Latin American and Caribbean Policy Centre

Re: CANADA’S “CONFERENCE OF DONORS TO VENEZUELAN REFUGEES”   

11 June 2021

Migrants leaving Venezuela because of the impossible economic situation there, especially those in South America, are facing extremely difficult conditions, including the lack of basic necessities and hostility from the population around them. The best solution to this problem would be the safe return of these migrants to a normal lifestyle in their homes in Venezuela. This is unfortunately not possible because of the impossible economic situation in Venezuela due primarily to the illegal sanctions imposed by the USA and countries, like Canada, that support them. These sanctions do not permit Venezuela to export or import any of its essential products or necessities, because any enterprise doing business with Venezuela is subject to sanctions from the USA and the financial world it controls. Venezuela, therefore, cannot maintain or repair its basic infrastructure, i.e. its energy grid, water distribution systems, sewage disposal systems, transportation systems, hospital and school buildings and equipment, pharmaceutical product production and supply and transportation needs – not even its oil extraction and refining infrastructure. It is estimated by UN rapporteur Zayas that more than 100,000 people have died as a consequence of these sanctions.

The best thing that Canada could do for Venezuelan migrants is to stop supporting sanctions and to persuade the USA to do the same. This would mean joining the rest of the world in dropping the pretense that Mr Guaido and company, who do support the sanctions and even a US-led invasion of Venezuela, are the interim government of Venezuela.  Instead, Canada should support the dialogue between the Government of Venezuela and its opposition parties inside Venezuela, looking for a peaceful return to normality.  This will not happen as long as the USA and Canada expect the sanctions to topple the government of Nicolas Maduro. The USA has stated it will continue to apply them, with Canada’s approval, which is very unfortunate.

While these sanctions continue, the migrants will need assistance but without hidden agendas. There should be no repetition of Mr Guaido’s failed attempt to have the army and population of Venezuela revolt against its government in order to access the few truckloads of “humanitarian assistance” he assembled at the Venezuelan-Colombian border. The participation of sworn enemies of the Venezuelan government in the conference, such as Karen Longaric of the failed racist coup in Bolivia and Mr. Lenin Moreno of Ecuador, who claims that the demonstrations against the repressive ESMAD (Mobile Anti-Disturbance Squadron) security forces in Colombia are the doings of the Maduro government, do not inspire any confidence that the agenda of the conference is solely to help the migrants. Yet this is what the conference claims to, and what it should be, if it is to reflect Canadian values and stated objectives of our foreign policy.

We, the undersigned, support conditionless and non-partisan support for the migrants from Venezuela but not for other agendas disguised as humanitarian assistance, as has happened in the past.

For the The Canadian, Latin American and Caribbean Policy Centre:

Dr. Jorge Sorger, [email protected]

Pierre Leblanc, [email protected]

Nino Pagliccia, [email protected]

Alan Freeman, [email protected]

Dr. Maria Páez Victor, [email protected]

Dr. Radhika Desai, [email protected]

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