Since Castro came to power, Canada’s positioning on Cuba has significantly diverged from that of the Americans. Ottawa backed academic and cultural exchanges and provided foreign aid for programs designed to improve the lives of average Cubans. With the death of Fidel Castro and the promise by Raul Castro to step down in 2018, Cuba seems ready for big change. But long-time Castro backers in Cuba should not use Trump’s hatred of Cuba as an excuse to avoid liberalization and opening the country further.Today, Canadian companies are heavily involved in Cuba’s mining, travel and tourism industries. To do so would be a shame, and a setback to yet another generation of Cubans who love their country but yearn to engage and thrive in a post-Castro world.
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And Canadians comprised the single largest group of tourists, with more than 600,000 visitors a year.
Fireworks are launched by the people from San Salvador to provoke the El Carmen inhabitants November 18, 2007 in Remedios, Cuba.
Clearly Trudeau could have restrained himself a bit in his first comments about Castro. demands to break off relations with Cuba after Castro seized power in 1958 from the corrupt Batista regime and who refused to put Canadian troops on combat-ready alert as demanded by Washington during the Cuban missile crisis in 1962.
He is now rolling back some of those remarks, telling reporters on Sunday that Castro was indeed a dictator and noting that he had raised the issue of human rights with Cuban officials earlier this month when he visited the island nation. have taken starkly different approaches towards Cuba dating back to Diefenbaker’s days. It was Conservative Prime Minister Brian Mulroney who maintained solid diplomatic and trade ties with Cuba in what has been described as “correct and cordial” relations.