Letter Writing Campaign: Liberal Party of Canada Attacks Venezuela
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Letter Writing Campaign: Liberal Party of Canada Attacks
21 January 2013
Hands Off Venezuela - Canada
We are asking all who support Venezuela to oppose the following ignorant
and offensive statement by Liberal MP Jim Karygiannis:
From his website:
�Liberal Critic for Multiculturalism Jim Karygiannis M.P.
Scarborough-Agincourt made the following statement calling on the
Conservative government to support the Venezuelan Diaspora in Canada
efforts of returning true Democracy in Venezuela.
�The people of Venezuela are suffering daily at the hands of the Hugo
Ch�vez government, as the situation on the ground continues to deteriorate.
We should maintain solidarity with the Venezuelan people and we must do
what we can to help alleviate their suffering.�
We are not sure what �true Democracy� Karygiannis is referring to. Perhaps
he means the opposition that supported the 2002 coup against a
democratically elected government. Perhaps he means the Elites who ran the
country for 40 years when human rights were violated with impunity and the
international community paid no heed to disappearances, torture, murders,
CIA-led secret police, and the slaughter by the state forces of 3,000
people on the Streets of Caracas in 1989.
We are not sure what he means by �suffering�. Perhaps he is referring to
the fact that Venezuela has:
- Eliminated illiteracy, as recognized by UNESCO
- Reduced poverty by half and extreme poverty by 70%
- Given access to healthcare to millions for the first time
- Doubled college enrolment
- Quadrupled the number of people receiving old age pensions
It is not surprising that the Chavez government was recently re-elected
with 55% of the vote in a 81% turnout. And that former US President Jimmy
Carter, whose organization the Carter Centre has monitored all the
elections in the country, has recently declared, "I would say the election
process in Venezuela is the best in the world."
We suspect that the real suffering that Karygiannis and the Liberal Party
of Canada are concerned with is that of North American and European oil
multinationals who are no longer able to exploit Latin American resources
with impunity due to the democratic uprising of the people of the region.
Instead, governments like that of Venezuela are �wasting� their natural
wealth to fund healthcare, education, and other policies that aid the
The Venezuelan people need no lessons on democracy from Karygiannis, who
sits in a parliament that was twice shut down by the representative of an
unelected hereditary monarch and where barely 6 in 10 bother to cast a
Hands Off Venezuela calls on Jim Karygiannis and the Liberal Party of
Canada to withdraw this offensive and ignorant petition and issue an
apology to the Venezuelan people, both those inside and outside Canada, and
to the Venezuelan government.
We encourage people to send letters of protest to:
And to the Leader of the Liberal Party and Leadership Contenders:
CC The Official Opposition New Democrats:
Please also forward all correspondence to:
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