The Trudeau government went public last week with a condemnation of Cuba over its lack of free speech protections as the government deployed unprecedented powers to crack down on Canadian truckers and their supporters.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has invoked the 1988 Emergencies Act for the first time to freeze accounts of truckers and contributions by other Canadian citizens. It was entirely unnecessary and, while the media is largely supportive of Trudeau, the powers have been condemned by civil liberties groups in Canada.
As noted by the Miami Herald, it is rare for Trudeau’s government to criticize Cuba, where Canada has considerable economic interests. Canada not only pumps millions of dollars into the economy through tourism, but Canadian companies also hold lucrative mining contracts on the island.
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The condemnation was triggered by Cuba’s outrageous sentencing of protesters from last July to up to 20 years in prison. The Canadian government was clearly correct in expressing its outrage. However, there was something jarring in the Trudeau government then adding, “Canada strongly advocates for freedom of expression and the right to peaceful assembly free from intimidation. We stand with the people of Cuba in their aspiration for #democracy.”