Sumary of Trudeau Leery of Cuba Policy Change Despite Crackdown on Dissent:
- Article content (Bloomberg) — Justin Trudeau’s government appears unwilling to join the U.S. in hitting Cuba with targeted sanctions against those responsible for repressing a recent wave of protests on the island.
- The U.S. Treasury Department listed a Cuban military leader and a special brigade of its security forces in issuing sanctions on Thursday.
- But while the Canadian prime minister has condemned Cuba’s aggressive response to the protests — human rights groups say more than 500 people have been arrested and are facing summary trials — there’s no indication his government will alter its policy toward Cuba.
- Article content Foreign Minister Marc Garneau’s office declined to comment on the U.S. sanctions.
- “It would be hasty to threaten sanctions early on in a protest like this,” Ben Rowswell, president of the Canadian International Council, said in a phone interview.
- Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.
- Article content Venezuela Comparison Though he faced criticism for taking a softer line when first asked about the Cuba protests, Trudeau’s sharper tone in condemning Cuban state repression last week brought the government’s language more in line with its approach to other authoritarian regimes in the region.
- The situation in Cuba, however, isn’t the same it was in Venezuela when national assembly leader Juan Guaido made a claim to the presidency in 2019, arguing Nicolas Maduro’s 2018 election win was illegitimate.