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Should Canada pick sides in Venezuela? Yes

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Canada, as a member of the Lima Group (the majority of Latin American, Caribbean countries and Canada), has expressed support to Juan Guaidó, as interim president of Venezuela for his “commitment to lead Venezuela to free and fair presidential elections.”

Here some facts:

  • Recall Referendum 2016. President Nicolas Maduro ensured a proposal to have a constitutional midterm recall referendum was banned. The electoral board delayed the process in a timely manner to stop it; a vote to recall Maduro that year would have triggered a presidential election and polls indicated the opposition was likely to win.

  • Constituent National Assembly 2017. Maduro suppressed the National Assembly constitutional authority, led by opposition parties democratically elected in December 2015. Maduro imposed an election to create a “Constituent National Assembly,” with unlimited powers and the ability to rewrite the constitution. A rigged election was held on July 30, 2017; members “elected” were pro-government partisans. The results were criticized by more than 40 countries, including the Lima Group, the Organization of American States and the........

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