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Corporate Interests Could Underlie Canada’s Support for Venezuela Coup

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Corporate Interests Could Underlie Canada’s Support for Venezuela Coup

Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland and Peru’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Nestor Francisco Popolizio Bardales hold a closing news conference with members of the Lima Group following the 10th ministerial meeting of the organization in Ottawa on Monday, Feb. 4, 2019. Sean Kilpatrick | The Canadian Press via AP

Written by Nick Rehwaldt; Originally appeared at Mint Press

Canada’s government has now officially recognized Juan Guaidó of the “Voluntad Popular” Party as the leader of Venezuela. This support, in tandem with the EU, follows U.S. President Donald Trump’s immediate recognition of Juan Guaidó’s violent opposition party, and Guaido as the Interim President of Venezuela.

Canada’s foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, has expressed support for the ongoing coup in Venezuela. Last week, Canada hosted a summit for the Lima Group to discuss Venezuela’s future. The meeting included over a dozen Latin American member states. Its goal is to pressure Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro into resignation while building support for right-wing position leader Juan Guaidó, who was declared a full member of the Lima Group during the summit.

While Maduro was calling on Venezuelans to unite in the face of the U.S.-backed coup, the Lima Group announced a 17-point declaration that included a call for the “national armed forces of Venezuela to demonstrate their loyalty to the interim president [Guaidó] in his constitutional functions as their commander in chief.”

Freeland said of Maduro:

What history shows is, once a leader of an authoritarian regime discovers that there are no alternatives, that is when you see the regime fracturing and that is when you see democracy restored, and I am absolutely confident that is what will happen in Venezuela.”

The former Canadian ambassador to Venezuela, Ben Roswell, painted a less rosy picture:

He [Maduro] is likely to stay in power as long as he possibly can. So it really will depend on others in Maduro’s administration and in the security forces abandoning him and not he, himself, deciding to run off into the sunset.”

Freeland, for her part, believes that a peaceful transition is “absolutely” possible. Experts on Venezuela say otherwise. She has been reluctant to offer military support to the opposition in her statements but seems quite sure that Maduro will step down at some point. She has called for the military to switch its allegiance to Guaidó though, aside from a few defections, the military has stayed loyal to Maduro.

Canada goes to bat for corporate interests

Canada has a vested interest in Venezuela because of its private mining companies, notably Crystallex. Canada-based multinationals are active in several Latin American countries.

The mining and banking industries of Canada consistently oppose governments’ attempts to rule in the interests of their people, for example by attempting to nationalize their natural resources.

By providing financial and legal support for these companies’ labor and agricultural sectors, these many countries become grossly indebted to Canadian industry. This has led to protests in Mexico, Peru, Bolivia and Guatemala that have prompted harsh responses from local police and military forces.

Canadian corporate interference in Venezuela was in full swing when the Canadian mining company Crystallex, and other transnational firms, received a judgment in their favor stating that they could seize the assets of Citgo, the state-owned oil and gas company of Venezuela.

In the judgment, the corporations were: “looking to claim $1.4 billion worth of compensation awarded in 2014 for the 2008 expropriation of the Las Cristales mining installations by the government of Hugo Chavez.” This is a result of backlash from the nationalization of Venezuela’s mining sector in 2008 by the former president.

Canada’s support for the ongoing coup in Venezuela would allow the Canadian government to collect on this judgment and to expand its corporate influence over Venezuela’s rich natural resources.

Nick Rehwaldt is a MintPress News intern. He is an author, artist, and standup comedian focused on political issues, with much of his material ripped from the headlines on any given week. He’s also a proud non-voter and global citizen who happens to live in the U.S.

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Canada is just a vassal country of the U.S. and Israel.


Yes, yes we are.

Zionism = EVIL

and also your Americunt masters control your airports LOL


We only let them run pre-clearance. It is sort of like letting them check if the incoming “diversity” is up to their dress codes. Also, our border is much tougher to get through. They let anyone in. We only let in needy groups, like….what are they called again….oh ya, the white helmets.


So now Guaido is asking for US intervention / invasion.

That’s like Putin appointing…. I dono …Lavrov as president of Ukraine and then Lavrov asks for Putin’s intervention …!

The USA has really gonne too far, way over the line, they always had been the bully of the planet picking on little countries that ‘happen to have oil’ but this is just ridiculous !

It’s like they think the world’s population is made up by stupid 20 year olds (25 tops) that dont remember or never have read about the US’s aggression in the past !


Russia is gradually increasing it’s involvement in the Venezuelan oil industry. And in the process, along with China, is obtaining control of the world’s largest oil reserves. They have the technology, oil industry, banking, and military capability to get Venezuela through the transition from removing itself, and the world’s largest oil reserves, from the Jew world order banking and commercial sphere. Into an alternative structure to provide improved economic development free of Jew world order subversion and interference.

This, along with winning the Syria war, would be one more step in isolating NATO, Israel and the GCC from their endless war and terrorism cycle. And creating a better future for humanity.

Zionism = EVIL

Canada is not a country but a British colony and totally subservient to Americunt and Zionist masters who even control Canadian borders, airports and ports. Canada is the most pathetic of the US/Zionist stooges.


Oh, are you one of those fellows who lives in that free part of the plantation? That place where your life is your own and you mint your own coin? How nice for you! ;-)


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Less than 10% of UN member governments support the CIA agent Guaido.


I think Brazil should be kicked out of the B.R.I.C.S. and Iran and Venezuela should be added in !
Become V.R.I.C.S.I.


Freeland, the only person more despised than Trudeau.


“National Constituent Assembly

Article 347: The original constituent power rests with the people of Venezuela. This power may be exercised by calling a National Constituent Assembly for the purpose of transforming the State, creating a new juridical order and drawing up a new Constitution.

Article 348: The initiative for calling a National Constituent Assembly may emanate from the President of the Republic sitting with the Cabinet of Ministers; from the National Assembly, by a two-thirds vote of its members; from the Municipal Councils in open session, by a two thirds vote of their members; and from 15% of the voters registered with the Civil and Electoral Registry.”

– Constitution of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela/Title 9 –


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