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Who’s Being Undemocratic Now, Mr. Harper?

Posted April 24, 2012 by jim young in Politics

– jim young

“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” – Emma Lazarus.

While Canada may not have a fancy motto such as the one that is engraved on the Statue of Liberty, I have always been proud to know that our country stands as a world leader in acceptance of people from all races, cultures and religions from all over the world, who seek a better way of life for themselves and their families.

If we can be so accepting of people, why do we have such a problem accepting the way other countries govern their domestic affairs? Can we not learn to Live & Let Live?

I’m not talking about ruthless dictators that commit crimes against humanity.

I’m talking specifically about communism; and in particular the communist rule in Cuba.

Why do we seem to loathe and fear it? As in most cases, we fear most from a lack of understanding.

Under the communist regime of Fidel Castro, Cuba has established high standards of education and health care for its people, and in fact is the leader of all third world countries in these areas.

Yes they are a poor country but so are many of the islands in the Caribbean that do NOT live under communist rule.

And the embargo that the United States has imposed on Cuba is not helping.

While Canada has never publicly supported the U.S. embargo against Cuba, our country has taken a step backwards when Prime Minister Stephen Harper recently sided with President Barack Obama’s position to continue to exclude Cuba from the Summit Meetings in Cartenga.

Of the over 30 countries that attended the recent Cartenga Summit meeting only the U.S. and Canada voted to block Cuba’s inclusion at the next summit of the Americas to be held in Panama.

What possible reason could our leader have to take this position against a country who has always maintained friendly relations with Canada despite their political differences?

According to Harper, Cuba does not meet the OAS (Organization of American States) standards of democracy.

The majority of the other countries that belong to the OAS seem to disagree.

Wait a minute! What was that?

“The majority” of the other countries?

Now isn’t it more than just a little bit hypocritical that only 2 countries can veto the acceptance of Cuba to the next summit?

Where’s the democracy in that?

Aren’t the U.S. and Canada blocking Cuba’s admission to the summit by using the same process that they are criticising Cuba for?

To the great people of Cuba, I want you to know that even in a democratic country such as Canada, its leaders do NOT always act on behalf of the people that they are supposed to represent.

As one Canadian who loves Cuba and its people and could give a rat’s ass how the Cubans choose to govern their own country I appeal to Prime Minster Stephen Harper to reconsider Canada’s position in this matter.

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