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Venezuela — Canadian government documents reveal disinformation and omissions of inconvenient facts

Compare coverage from 25 independent sources with Ottawa’s version as presented in 71 Ministerial Communications, Statements, and Declarations.

No 2438 Posted by fw, February 21, 2019

Below are links to two sets of reports about the crisis in Venezuela —

First are title links to 25 recent accounts that have been posted on this website Citizen Action Monitor.

Second are title links to 71 documents published online by the Government of Canada under the heading, “Canada and the Venezuela crisis”. The government introduces the 71 links with a two-paragraph opening. And to give readers a sense of the content of these 71 documents, I have copied and pasted a sample of the accompanying text from a few of these titles.

Also of possible interest to readers is the chain of four levels of directories that eventually lead to the list of titles:

Home > Canada and the world > Global issues and international assistance > Canada’s response to conflict, crises and disasters > Canada and the Venezuela crisis (To access the list of documents directly, click on this heading — Canada and the Venezuela crisis.

A personal observation re Ottawa’s disinformation campaign against Venezuela: Given the significant volume of readily available, online, opposing viewpoints from credible, respected news and information sources, one could be excused for thinking that Canada’s government did not bother to seek out any disconfirming evidence in its rush to a biased judgement. If this is typical of the Liberal government’s decision-making process, especially those decisions that affect the lives of innocents, then I know who I won’t be voting for this year. 

 

VENEZUELA — LIST OF 25 REFERENCES POSTED ON Citizen Action Monitor

Letter of complaint to CBC Ombudsperson re CBC News – The National’s coverage of Venezuelan crisis : Reporting since early February has not presented an accurate, fair, balanced and impartial analysis of events. No 2437 Posted by fw, February 19, 2019

My letter to Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Freeland on her perversion of the truth about Venezuela : “You have revealed your utter contempt for the intelligence of responsibly informed Canadians – and there are thousands of us.” No 2427 Posted by fw, February 6, 2019

January 23, 2019 will long be remembered as a day of ignominy for Washington and Ottawa : On January 23, 2019 Juan Guaidó declared himself to be the ‘acting President’ of Venezuela and was immediately recognized by Washington and Ottawa. No 2434 Posted by fw, February 15, 2019

How US policy was used to treat Venezuela as an extension of the US economy for the benefit of US investors : To prevent Venezuela from using oil revenues to benefit its people, the US held Venezuela hostage in ways that concentrated its oil wealth in the hands of a pro-US oligarchy. No 2433 Posted by fw, February 12, 2019

Capitalism’s corporate media use ‘Venezuela’ as one-word weapon against rising tide of ‘socialism’ : Fox News, NY Times and other corporate news outlets are corrupting the news with their virulent propaganda. No 2432 Posted by fw, February 11, 2019

Canadian prof slams Canada for its role in fomenting right-wing led uprising against Venezuela : Most shocking is Ottawa’s official lies and corporate media’s suppression of cause of Venezuela’s economic and civil collapse. No 2431 Posted by fw, February 10, 2019

Damning indictment of Ottawa’s recent steps to overturn Venezuela’s elected government : Science for Peace: “Our Ministry of Foreign Affairs has openly worked for rejection of the authority of the elected Maduro government.” No 2430 Posted by fw, February 9, 2019

Opposition grows to US-led coup attempt in Venezuela, exposing imperialists’ scheming : Governments, political parties, 500 luminaries, and citizen action groups push back against those plotting imperialist intervention. No 2429 Posted by fw, February 8, 2019

Fact-checking Canada’s media coverage of Venezuela exposes neglect, double standards, and false claims : Activists decry Canada’s interference in Venezuela and media’s effort to “manufacture consent” for Canadian imperialism. No 2428 Posted by fw, February 7, 2019

Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland aggressively backs Washington-led coup in Venezuela : She ignores inconvenient facts, including – Juan Guaidó is US-groomed, far-right thug; Lima Group plots regime change. No 2426 Posted by fw, February 3, 2019

Making of Juan Guaidó: How the US Regime Change Laboratory Created Venezuela’s Coup Leader by Dan Cohen and Max Blumenthal, Grayzone Project, January 29, 2019)

VIDEO: Max Blumenthal: How US trained Juan Guaidó for Regime Change, posted by RT America, January 29, 2019

Canada’s largest union sides with maligned Venezuela president over Canadian government by Marie-Danielle Smith, National Post, February 1, 2019

The ‘Lima Group’ Pretense to Be an International Body Is Irresponsible and Dangerous by Nino Pagliccia, Venezuelanalysis.com, January 10, 2019)

Canada Continues to Meddle in Venezuela’s Elections by Yves Engler, Venezuelanalysis.com, April 3, 2018

VIDEOHistory of US imperialism in Venezuela, Will Griffin interviews Paul Dobson, January 29, 2019

Canada Is Complicit in Venezuela’s US-Backed Coup D’état by Yves Engler, Venezuelanalysis.com, January 28, 2019

Why Is Canada So Hot Under the Collar About Venezuela? by Thomas Walkom, Toronto Star/ Venezuelanalysis.com, January 17, 2019)

Canada’s Trudeau In League with Washington to Oust Maduro by Yves Engler, Venezuelanalysis.com, September 26, 2017

Why is the CBC Lying About Venezuela? Anna Maria Tremonti Manufactures Dissent  by Alison Bodine, Venezuelanalysis.com, October 17, 2018

Trudeau Pushes Trump’s Regime Change in Venezuela by The Real News Network, January 28, 2019

Canada vs. Venezuela: The Background Gets Even Murkier by Joyce Nelson, Global Research, February 1, 2019

The US Is Orchestrating a Coup in Venezuela by Marjorie Cohn, Truthout, February 2, 2019

Venezuela – What you are not being told by True Publica, January 28, 2019

VIDEOIs the US Meddling in Venezuela? Max Blumenthal Asks US Congress Members Posted by Information Clearing House, February 1, 2019

 

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VENEZUELA — LIST OF 71 TITLES PUBLISHED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF CANADA

Canada and the Venezuela crisis

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[The titles are organized under 3 headings: Ministerial Communications; Multilateral communications; and The Lima Group]

[Introduction]

Canada is deeply concerned by the suffering of the Venezuelan people, and remains strongly committed to the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights. In response to attacks on Venezuelans’ democratic and human rights by the regime of President Nicolás Maduro, Canada has imposed several rounds of targeted sanctions. Canada has also downgraded its diplomatic relations with Venezuela in an effort to push for the peaceful restoration of Venezuela’s democracy, and has joined partners in the hemisphere in referring the situation in Venezuela to the International Criminal Court, based on credible allegations that serious international crimes may have been committed.

To date, Canada has provided more than $55 million in humanitarian assistance funding to help meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations affected by the Venezuelan crisis, and an additional $4 million channelled through implementing partners for regional humanitarian assistance more broadly in Latin America and the Caribbean. Canada also continues to provide support through multilateral programs and through funds managed by the Embassy of Canada to Venezuela.

Ministerial communications

Canada is deeply concerned by the rapidly deteriorating political and economic crisis in Venezuela and reaffirms its commitment to the promotion and protection of democracy and human rights.

On February 14, 2019, Read Out: Minister Freeland speaks with Juan Guaidó, Interim President of Venezuela

News release

Toronto, Ontario – February 14, 2019

Today, in advance of meetings with her European counterparts in Munich, Germany, the Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, spoke with Juan Guaidó, Interim President of Venezuela. They discussed Venezuela’s path forward to restore democracy through free and fair elections, and the role of the international community in that process and beyond.

Interim President Guaidó restated his commitment to a peaceful transition to democracy, in line with the Venezuelan constitution. He underscored the importance of getting humanitarian assistance to the people of Venezuela and mentioned that plans are underway to accomplish this on February 23, with the support of neighbouring and European countries.

Minister Freeland reiterated Canada’s continued support for Interim President Guaidó’s leadership in helping Venezuela return to democracy. She emphasized her belief that the democratic aspirations of Venezuelans will prevail through determination and unity.

On February 4, 2019, Canada concludes Lima Group meeting in support of Venezuelan democracy

On February 4, 2019, Ottawa Declaration for Venezuela

On January 28, 2019, Canada to convene Lima Group and other countries about Venezuela crisis

On January 23, 2019, Canada recognizes the interim President of Venezuela

Statement

January 23, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement on Venezuela:

“Canada recognizes Juan Guaidó, President of the National Assembly, as the interim President of Venezuela. We support his commitment to lead Venezuela to free and fair presidential elections.

“As stated in the January 4 Lima Group Declaration, Canada rejects the Maduro regime’s illegitimate claim to power and has called upon Nicolás Maduro to cede power to the democratically elected National Assembly.

“We reiterate that a resolution of the crisis in Venezuela can only be achieved through the leadership and courage of Venezuelans themselves. We remain committed to working with our partners, particularly through the Lima Group of countries, and with Venezuela’s democratic opposition.

“Canadians stand with the people of Venezuela and their desire to restore constitutional democracy and human rights in Venezuela.”

Quick facts

      • Canada has imposed targeted sanctions against 70 Maduro regime officials and, in collaboration with five other countries in the Americas, referred the situation in Venezuela to the International Criminal Court. Canada has also taken steps to downgrade diplomatic relations and restrict engagement with Venezuela.
      • On January 15, 2019, the National Assembly declared that Nicolás Maduro had taken the presidency illegally and therefore left the office vacant. Today, Juan Guaidó, the President of the National Assembly, assumed the role of interim President.

On January 10, 2019, Canada rejects the Maduro regime’s illegitimate mandate in Venezuela

On January 3, 2019, Parliamentary Secretary Leslie to attend Lima Group meeting on Venezuela

On June 23, 2018, Canada alarmed by UN report on human rights situation in Venezuela

On May 30, 2018, Canada imposes further sanctions on Maduro regime in Venezuela

On May 29, 2018, Canada welcomes report on possible crimes against humanity in Venezuela

On May 21, 2018, Canada condemns fraudulent presidential elections in Venezuela

Statement

May 21, 2018 – Ottawa, Ontario – Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement in response to the presidential elections in Venezuela:

“Yesterday’s presidential elections in Venezuela are illegitimate and anti-democratic. Both in the run up to yesterday’s election and on Election Day, the Maduro regime has shown itself unwilling to make any serious attempt to ensure the elections meet international democratic standards of freedom and fairness.

“The Maduro regime has once again failed its people by restricting Venezuelans’ rights and liberty and by preventing the free participation of opposition parties.

“Canada rejects the Venezuelan electoral process—and its results—as not representing the democratic will of Venezuela’s citizens. Canada and its partners in the Lima Group, as well as other international partners such as the European Union, have repeatedly called on the Maduro regime to release all political prisoners, appoint a new and independent National Electoral Council, end restrictions on a free press, and allow all political actors to participate freely and fully.

“The Maduro regime has not made any serious attempts to fulfil these conditions, let alone allow its people to have a voice in their own governance.

“In response to the Maduro regime’s attacks on Venezuelans’ democratic and human rights, Canada is today taking steps, effective immediately, to downgrade its diplomatic relations and restrict its engagement with Venezuela.

“Canada stands by the people of Venezuela and will continue to oppose the Maduro dictatorship. For centuries, the people of the Americas have fought for their democratic rights, and they expect their governments to do the same. The Maduro regime’s caricature of democracy and abuse of human rights do not serve Venezuelans; they deserve better.”

Quick facts

      • Canada will immediately downgrade its diplomatic relations and restrict engagement with Venezuela. Interactions with Venezuela will be limited to advancing key Canadian objectives in this country, such as promoting democracy and respect for human rights. Actions will include:
        • downgrading Canada’s diplomatic relationship with Venezuela; as a result, the Embassy of Canada to Venezuela will be headed by a chargé d’affaires rather than an ambassador;
        • maintaining the existing ban on Canada’s support for Venezuelan candidacies to multilateral and international organizations;
        • imposing a ban on formal bilateral military cooperation;
        • instruct Government of Canada officials not to attend international or multilateral meetings and events hosted by or in Venezuela; and
        • restricting the issuance of invitations to senior Venezuelan government and military officials to attend events in or hosted by Canada, except where directly relevant to Canadian policy priorities.
      • Canada has imposed two rounds of targeted sanctions to date and continues to coordinate with international partners to pressure the Maduro regime to restore democracy in Venezuela.
      • Canada is providing more than $2.21 million to directly help meet the needs of the most vulnerable populations affected by the crisis.
      • Additionally, Canada is providing $4 million in funding for regional humanitarian assistance channelled through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees and the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

On May 14, 2018, Canada announces humanitarian assistance in response to crisis in Venezuela.

On May 13, 2018, Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs to attend Lima Group meeting on Venezuela.

On March 28, 2018, Statement by Foreign Affairs Minister and Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Labour on the establishment of a Commission of Inquiry for Venezuela.

On February 24, 2018, Canada welcomes OAS resolution on crisis in Venezuela.

On February 14, 2018, Canada supports decision that President Maduro of Venezuela not welcome at Summit of the Americas.

On February 12, 2018, Foreign Affairs Minister to attend meeting of Lima Group on Venezuela.

On January 27, 2018, Canada issued a Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on Venezuelan government decision to bar the opposition coalition.

On January 21, 2018, Foreign Affairs Minister to attend Lima Group meeting on Venezuela.

On December 25, 2017, Canada issued a Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on expulsion of Canadian chargé d’affaires by Venezuelan government.

On November 3, 2017, Canada imposes sanctions on individuals linked to human rights violations and corruption.

On October 27, 2017, Address by Minister Freeland for the third ministerial meeting of the Lima Group.

On October 20, 2017, Canada to host Lima Group meeting on Venezuela.

On October 17, 2017, Canada calls into question the legitimacy of Venezuela’s electoral process.

On October 6, 2017, Canada condemns National Electoral Council’s violation of Venezuela’s elections law.

On September 22, 2017, Canada imposes sanctions on Maduro regime in Venezuela.

On September 15, 2017, Canada welcomes panel to investigate possible crimes against humanity in Venezuela.

On August 18, 2017, Canada condemns announcement made by Venezuela’s National Constituent Assembly.

On August 1, 2017, Canada condemns imprisonment of Venezuelan opposition leaders.

On July 30, 2017, Canada denounces Venezuelan government’s action to create constituent assembly.

On July 26, 2017, Canada calls on Venezuela to cancel Constituent Assembly.

On July 16, 2017, Canada stands with people of Venezuela following popular consultation.

On July 5, 2017, Canada concerned by Venezuela’s latest measures undermining democracy.

On May 28, 2017, the Minister of Foreign Affairs announced that she will participate in an Organization of American States (OAS) ministerial meeting to address the concerning situation in Venezuela: Canada to call for action at Organization of American States meeting on Venezuela.

On May 4, 2017, Canada issued a Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on Venezuela and on the announcement to establish a constituent assembly to change the Venezuelan constitution.

On April 27, 2017, Canada concerned by Venezuela’s intention to withdraw from the Organization of American States.

On March 31, 2017, Canada calls on Venezuela’s government to restore democracy.

See further responses from the Government of Canada on October 21, 2016, and July 7, 2016.

Multilateral communications

Canada has been instrumental in the passing of several statements and resolutions at the Organization of American States (OAS) supporting the people of Venezuela in their efforts to achieve political and economic reforms.

July 5, 2018 – 38th session of the Human Rights Council: Joint Statement on the Human Rights Situation in Venezuela

May 23, 2018 – G7 Leaders’ Statement on Venezuela

May 21, 2018 – Statement by Chair of G20 on electoral process in Venezuela

On April 14, 2018, at the eighth Summit of the Americas, some governments of the Americas, including members of the Lima Group, issued the following statement on the situation in Venezuela: Declaration on Venezuela

July 26, 2017 – Declaration on the situation in Venezuela

April 3, 2017 – Resolution on the recent events in Venezuela

March 23, 2017 – Declaration on Venezuela

November 16, 2016 – Declaration of the Permanent Council Supporting the National Dialogue in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

October 21, 2016 – Joint Communique of Member States of the OAS on recent events in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

August 11, 2016 – Joint Statement on Recent Developments in The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

June 15, 2016 – Statement by Ministers and Heads of Delegation on the Situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

June 1, 2016 – Declaration of the Permanent Council about the Situation in the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela

At the Human Rights Council on November 1, 2016, Canada issued its Universal Periodic Review recommendations regarding Venezuela.

The Lima Group

Canada has joined with other countries in the hemisphere to address the critical situation in Venezuela and to explore ways to contribute to the restoration of democracy through peaceful and negotiated means.

February 4, 2019 – Lima Group Declaration February 04, 2019

January 23, 2019 – Declaration of the Lima Group

January 13, 2019 – Statement by the Lima Group on the serious events that occurred on January 13, 2019 in Venezuela

January 4, 2019 – Lima Group Declaration

October 9, 2018 – Lima Group statement on the death of Caracas city councillor Fernando Albán

August 8, 2018 – Lima Group Statement on Venezuela

May 21, 2018 – Statement by Lima Group on electoral process in Venezuela

May 19, 2018 – Lima Group Press Release

May 14, 2018 – Statement of the sixth meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela

April 6, 2018 – Statement by the Lima Group in response to the retaliatory actions taken by Venezuela against Panama for their imposition of increased financial scrutiny on Venezuelan officials and companies

February 13, 2018 – Statement of the fifth meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela

January 23, 2018 – Statement of the fourth meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela

November 4, 2017 – Lima Group condemns decision to remove Freddy Guevara’s parliamentary immunity

October 26, 2017 – Statement of the third meeting of the Lima Group on the situation in Venezuela

October 17, 2017 – Statement by Lima Group regarding regional elections in Venezuela

October 5, 2017 – Statement of the Lima Group on Regional Elections in Venezuela

September 23, 2017 – Declaration of the Second Meeting of the Lima Group on the Situation in Venezuela

August 18, 2017 – Statement of the Lima Group on the take-over of the functional competencies of the Venezuelan National Assembly

August 8, 2017 – Lima Declaration on the situation in Venezuela

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