One of the things we’re told is that the politics of confrontation and sanctions hasn’t worked and thus we need to try dialogue and engagement. You know, just like Canada.
Well it seems that members of the Cuban colony in Canada aren’t sold on that idea.
It started with the recognition of Castro by former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, who treated Castro like an “elected official instead of a dictator who took over the country,” said Maurice Sambra, a sculptor and painter.
“No government since then has recognized the brutality of the regime that usurped the human rights of the people and stole the assets of the country to maintain power.”
Sambra called on the government to intervene for the Cuban people and to press for the freedom of political prisoners and dissidents.
The fact is that Canada’s approach to Cuba has nothing to do with seeking change. Quite the contrary, in places like Canada and Spain, that do business with castro, inc., there is no desire for change in Cuba. Why would there be? Cuba represents a slave workforce of more than 11 million ready to be exploited.
“We want Canada to exert pressure by not allowing Canadian enterprises to invest in Cuba, which supports the enslavement of the workers. The Cuban government has a new leader, Raoul Castro, but we don’t want him or his regime. We want true freedom for the people of Cuba.”
I sympathize with these Cuban-Canadians but I’m afraid their pleas will fall on deaf ears. It’s not fashionable to be opposed to castro, inc. especially in “enlightened” countries like our neighbor to the north.
Levy said that while the Canadian government is aware of the situation in Cuba, it continues the “legacy left by Trudeau,” treating Castro like an elected representative of the people of Cuba.
“From then until now, Canada has continued to trade with Cuba, and promoted tourism and investment in Cuba. All these things support the nomenklatura who have stolen the people’s assets. We don’t understand why the robbers of the country are recognized as legitimate rulers.”
Sambra said the constitution that was in place before Castro took power should be brought back, which he said Castro changed “to suit his needs.”
“It’s very hard for the people in Cuba to survive Castro’s brutal dictatorship. I would like Canadians to know that what seems like a vacation paradise for Canadians is hell for the Cuban people. They suffer every day.”
But millions of Canadians have gone to Cuba and “seen” the worker’s paradise with their own eyes. “They are so friendly and they sure can dance!”
Before Sambra came to Canada as a refugee in 2001, he was jailed three times, the first when he was only 16 years old for painting a sign that said “Down with Castro’s dictatorship.”
“After writing and distributing some anti-Castro pamphlets I was sentenced to eight years in jail,” he said. “Amnesty International (AI) and the Canadian government declared me to be a prisoner of conscience, and then Canada accepted me as a refugee.”
Certainly not one of those recent arrivals that “thinks differently” that we’re constantly hearing about.
“I know how people are suffering in jail now, how they are dying little by little,” said Ismael, president of the Cuban Canadian Foundation.
Ismael expressed his view that Canada’s involvement with Castro, without recognizing and condemning the dictator’s misuse of power and repression of the people, has ignored the Cuban people’s suffering and need for their human rights to be reinstated.
“We are trying to awaken the conscience of the Canadian government to use a better way [of dealing with] the Castro regime.”