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Letter from the Associations of Cubans Resident in Canada Print E-mail
To the Honorable Chrystia Freeland
House of Commons
Ottawa, Canada K1A 0A6
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Dear Madam:

On November 6th and 7th, 2019, and for the 28th time, Cuba will denounce at the United Nations the 57 year old economic and financial blockade imposed on the island on 1962 by the United States of America. The world will be watching again as their representatives declare their repulsion to this policy.

The Associations of Cubans Resident in Canada are proud that the Canadian Government has traditionally voted against this obsolete and failed attempt of the U.S. to resolve its diferendo with Cuba by punishing its people, which has suffered severely and has been deprived of its right to a better quality of life for more than half a century now. Canada's vote against the blockade favors engagement, dialogue and negotiation between the parties involved. As Cuban-Canadians, we hope that again this time, this our second homeland, will honor once more its tradition of justice and respect for international laws.

The euphemistically called “embargo”, still implemented in full force, and in recent weeks tightened by the Trump administration to an extent never seen before with Title III of the Helms-Burton Law is negatively affecting the most vulnerable sectors of Cuban society. The unparalleled cruelty of denying patients and their relatives the necessary medicine for a particular treatment, or the detrimental effect that the blockade as punishment has had on the essential food segment, speak by themselves, or the attempt to prevent oil tankers from carrying fuel to Cuban ports to create chaos in the country; and this is just to mention three examples of the adversity the people of Cuba endures day by day due to this obsolete relic of the Cold War era. The harm inflicted on the people of Cuba cannot be measured in words.

We also respectfully hope, that as promised, Canada reinstate all services of the IRCC office at the Canadian Embassy in Havana, the current situation results in extra costs and unnecessary hardships for those immigrating to Canada. Our families are suffering the effect of this measures, and it doesn’t help the good relations between our two countries.

Sincerely,

Association of Cuban Residents in Toronto “Juan Gualberto Gómez”
Association of Cuban Residents in Montreal “Somos Cuba”
Comunidad Cubana en Canadá en Montreal
Association of Cuban Residents in Ottawa Gatineau
 
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