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What of Venezuela Irks Canada’s
AND now a minister in the
Conservative government of
Canada has joined the cacophony against Venezuela and its president,
Chavez, as part of what is clearly the US led game of slandering,
if possible strangulating this outpost of anti-imperialist protest in
Peter Kent is a minister of
state in Canada, in
charge of foreign affairs (Americas).
During his recent brief stopover in Venezuela,
Kent took the
express the Canadian government’s concerns over the “shrinking
space” in Venezuela.
During his stopover in Caracas
on January 27, Kent
concerned over the Venezuelan government's recent suspension of
(three) television stations and the death of two students in protests
to this action. These events are further evidence of a shrinking
space in Venezuela.”
And, just to think of it, what
pontificating about? In fact, what has irritated him is the fact that
Venezuelan government recently took certain steps against three TV
including the RCTV, the network that played a key role in organising
that briefly overthrew the Venezuelan government in 2002.
The Venezuelan government’s
moves against the said TV
stations followed their refusal to comply with the country’s
which led to temporary suspension of their licenses. Yet the fact is
broadcasting laws in Venezuela
are not essentially different from the corresponding laws in Canada.
the CRTC regulations in Canada,
they too set certain standards for broadcasting the child and adult
prohibit the broadcasting of racist, sexist or inflammatory material,
any incitement to violence, define the limits on commercial
require that the TV stations should broadcast important announcements
The question that arises here
is: Will Canada not act
against a TV station if the latter is found guilty of violating its
As for the RCTV channel, which
is one of the three
channels which the Venezuelan government has moved against, only about
weeks ago, it broadcast an interview with Noel Alavarez, president of
which is an association of the Venezuelan bourgeoisie, calling for yet
at “military solution” to the political situation in the country.
while pontificating about democracy or the lack of it in Venezuela,
not pause for a moment to tell us what steps --- under the CRTC
otherwise --- would Canada have taken if a TV channel or radio station
for a “military solution” to the Stephen Harper government in the
But howsoever laughable Kent’s
concerns about democracy may appear, and they are laughable no doubt,
cannot be lightly dismissed in view of the real threat which the US imperialists and their cohorts like Canada and the Netherlands
pose to Venezuela.
How can an observer of the Latin American situation forget that it was
Peter Kent who was one of the most vocal supporters of the military
overthrew the democratically elected Mel Zelaya in Honduras
in June 2009? Though the
dictatorship that was then installed in Honduras has killed scores
people by now, the Canadian government --- of which Peter Kent is a
part --- did
not even cut off military aid to the Honduran dictatorship.
So much about Kent’s
concern for democracy!
As for other accusations Kent
has levelled, he claimed that
President Hugo Chavez “has a history of concentrating power in the
is indeed the height of hypocrisy. While the Canadian minister has
charge against Chavez, the Conservative government of his country has
the parliament for the third time in as many years. Last year, the
Conservatives suspended the Canadian parliament only to ensure that the
coalition did not come to power. This year, again, the government
parliament to ensure that the people do not get to know about how the
mission in Afghanistan
was very much a part of the process of torturing the innocent people.
In the last
couple of weeks, tens of thousands of ordinary Canadians have come out
protest against the “shrinking democratic space” --- not in Venezuela but in Canada.
As for the Conservative
government’s attitude to the media,
it has indeed been practising selective barring of certain channels in Canada.
example, refused to grant a license to the Al-Jazeera channel to
programmes in Canada.
The current government is particularly notorious for seldom organising
and for pre-deciding the questions media correspondents need to ask,
in case it organises a media conference at all.
It is thus amply clear that Kent’s
fulminations against Venezuela
are very much a part of the attempts the Conservative government of Canada,
like its Liberal predecessor, have been making to demonise the
and, if possible, to get it overthrown. In recent years, the Canadian
been twice caught passing money over to the Venezuelan opposition.
and some other large Canadian corporations have made it publicly known
they do not like President Hugo Chavez’s face and are worried about
One thing is amply clear.
Insofar as the western
hemisphere is concerned, Cuba
for a long time --- and all alone --- resisted the imperialist
its sovereignty as well as on the interests of the whole American
people. But Cuba
alone now, and its perseverance has bore fruits as now a whole line of
Latin American countries is up in arms against their imperialist
Now the popular movements there have begun to pose a serious threat to
interests of imperialism in the hemisphere, while posing a threat to
of exploitation by their indigenous capitalists as well. It is thus
pro-imperialist bourgeoisie are now gripped with the mortal fear that
the ordinary workers and other toiling people have achieved in
countries like Venezuela
can well serve as a source
of inspiration for the Canadian and US workers too. For example, the
squatting actions in the Republic Windows and Doors factories in Chicago directly derived inspiration from the
squatting actions in Venezuela.
Therefore, for the bourgeoisie and their representatives in governance,
it is now
much more pressing than ever to discredit and destroy the popular
regimes in Latin America.