Canada’s unions urge federal government to help restore peace in Venezuela


Canada and Venezuela flags

The Canadian Labour Congress, representing over 3 million Canadian workers, calls on the Government of Canada to promote dialogue to foster a peaceful solution to the Venezuelan crisis.

Canada is among several countries, including the U.S. and Brazil, that endorsed Juan Guaidó, Venezuelan opposition leader and President of the National Assembly, who declared himself interim President of Venezuela last week. Canada further denounced Nicolás Maduro as President and called last year’s elections in Venezuela fraudulent and illegitimate.

The CLC is alarmed at the escalation of international interference in the democratic process of a sovereign nation, including the possibility of military intervention. The CLC vehemently rejects a militarized solution to this crisis; the people of Latin America have not forgotten the brutal history of military rule in the region.

“Venezuelans need to resolve their differences through constructive dialogue and democratic processes without resorting to violence,” said CLC President Hassan Yussuff.

International intervention is intensifying political divisions and inflaming tensions in the country. There are reports of violence and casualties, including deaths, during protests and demonstrations. The CLC calls on the Government of Canada to abstain from seeking regime change and intervening in the sovereign affairs of Venezuela. Canada’s role on the world stage is better suited to promote stability through constructive dialogue with the international community.

The CLC stands in solidarity with the Venezuelan people and supports their right to peaceful self-determination.


“Resolution on Solidarity with Venezuela”

Ottawa and District Labour Council (ODLC)

The Canadian Labour Congress recently declared its alarm about the “international interference in the democratic process of a sovereign nation” in Venezuela, and expressed its support for the right of the Venezuelan people to “peaceful self-determination”; and

A growing number of CLC affiliate unions (including CUPW and CUPE), and local labour councils across the country (including Toronto-York and Vancouver) have condemned Canada’s involvement in an alliance with viciously anti-union political leaders such as Trump, Bolsonaro (Brazil), and Duque (Colombia) to carry out an illegitimate “regime change” coup d’état in Venezuela against its duly elected government; and

US National Security Advisor John Bolton recently admitted that a change of government in Venezuela would “benefit the US economically” by having “American oil companies really invest in and produce the oil capabilities in Venezuela”; and

Trade union and other activists from our region have recently come together to form “Hands Off Venezuela Ottawa-Gatineau” (HOVOG) to support the sovereignty and self-determination of the people of Venezuela;

Be it therefore Resolved that
• The ODLC endorse the CLC Statement, and the new call from HOVOG for a demonstration at the PMO on Saturday, February 23, in solidarity with the people of Venezuela;
• The ODLC encourage members and others to participate in the February 23demonstration and any future HOVOG activities consistent with the labour movement resolutions cited above;

— Passed at ODLC MGM meeting held on February 20, 2019

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