“The message was loud and clear and they heard it in Havana: Simcoe teenager Cody LeCompte is to be promptly released from his tropical detainment or the Canada/Cuba travel relationship that sees more than 600,000 Canadians visit the communist island each year will be put in jeopardy.
Canadians are its biggest tourism base. And Cuba needs that cash”.
But wait?……the MSM/Jeff Flake/ Cuba-Expert mantra has it that tourism to Cuba “promotes freedom” and “erodes repression”?
Well, the threat of it ending certainly promoted Cody LeCompte’s freedom. But how ’bout the Cuban peoples’ ? Hunh, Canada? Seeing as you feed Castro with such a large carrot, and seeing the effectiveness of threatening to wield your stick…
We well recall how you CHAMPIONED the embargo of South Africa.
“We emphasize the importance of maintaining sanctions. Sanctions were imposed to help us end the apartheid system. It is only logical that we must continue to apply this form of pressure against the South African government.” That’s Nelson Mandela addressing (and thanking) the Canadian Parliament in June 1990 for imposing, and championing in every international forum, economic sanctions against South Africa.
“Sanctions which punish Cuba are anathema to the international order to which we aspire!” That’s Nelson Mandela in Sept ‘98 while decorating Fidel Castro with “The Order of Good Hope,” South Africa’s highest civilian award.
More intransigence here.