Protest Assassination Attempt on president Maduro of Venezuela!

Below you can read the Louis Riel Bolivarian Circle communiqué that was circulated today at the protest outside the offices of the Canadian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrysta Freeland (344 Bloor St. at 6 PM) and which will also be sent to the members of the Parliamentary Standing Committee of Foreign Affairs in Ottawa.

It is backed by 12 organizations.  We ask you to forward it widely!!
Many thanks,
Spokespersons for the Louis Riel Bolivarian Circle:
Maria Páez Victor, Beatriz Santiago, Alma Weinstein



Toronto, 7 August 2018


The Louis Riel Bolivarian Circle, an independent NGO, founded in 2003, is a circle of friends that seeks to strengthen links of friendship and understanding between Canadian and Venezuelan peoples, and ultimately, all the peoples of Latin America


BACKGROUND: On 4 August 2018, two drones armed with 1 kg of the explosive C4, were aimed at the stand where stood the democratically elected president of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro and the top members of the cabinet and military forces, as well as many diplomats and visitors. The drones were intercepted by alert security forces, but not before one of them exploded injuring 7 soldiers and the other crashed at the foot of a nearby building.


The images of this attack went around the world as it took place in front of numerous TV cameras that were filming live the celebration of the 81st Anniversary of Venezuela’s National Guard, with a large the military parade in formation along one of Caracas’ main streets. All this was televised: it was a clear and stark terrorist attempted murder of an elected president of a democratic country in our Hemisphere.


The Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrysta Freeland, has brought shame and disgrace to this country by:

  • FAILING TO CONDEM THE TERRORIST ATTACK: She has failed to condemn an attempted, televised, pubic massacre of the top officials of a country with a long tradition of friendship with Canadians.


  • FOLLOWING TRUMP DESPITE INSULTS TO CANADA: Despite President Trump’s insult to Prime Minister Trudeau, despite Trump declaring Canada as a security risk and imposing unjust economic tariffs on Canadian trade, Minister Freeland has joined with one of the most disreputable USA presidents in living memory in the political adventure of “regime change” for Venezuela.


  • IGNORING USA ABUSE OF LATINO CHILDREN: Despite Minister Freeland’s many statements of “concern” for human rights violations in Venezuela with little or no proof, she has not condemned the blatant abuse of human rights by the USA that has torn Latino children and infants from their parents’ arms and confined them to cages at the US/Mexican border, actions of outright racism.



Supported by the following organizations:


Canadian, Latin American and Caribbean Policy Centre (CAL&C)

Latin American Solidarity Network (LASN)

Venezuelan Solidarity Committee

Socialist Action

Hugo Chávez People’s Defence Front

Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association of Toronto

Canadian Network on Cuba

Colombian Action Solidarity Alliance (CASA)


Communist Party of Canada

Guatemala Community Network, Toronto










NAFTA is fuelling climate change in North America (New Report)

A message from Maude Barlow, Honorary Chairperson, The Council of Canadians

I’m writing to share with you a groundbreaking new report the Council of Canadians released today that exposes how NAFTA is fuelling climate change in North America.

The report, NAFTA 2.0: For People or Polluters?, is a tri-national project from leading Canadian, Mexican and American economists who detail in original research how existing NAFTA provisions bind all three countries to fossil fuel futures, and how current negotiations make the problems worse.

For example, NAFTA’s energy proportionality rules require that Canada make available for export to the U.S. the same percentage of oil and gas as it has in the past three years.

What does that mean for Canada’s climate? The report’s economic modelling shows that NAFTA’s energy proportionality rules would lock in 1,488 megatonnes more greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. This is double Canada’s yearly emissions and more than 12 times greater than its 2050 climate pollution target.

In his Toronto Star op-ed this morning, Dr. Gordon Laxer – author of the Canadian sections of the report, long-time Board Member of the Council of Canadians, and political economist and founding director of the Parkland Institute at the University of Alberta – expanded on how NAFTA restricts Canada’s ability to lower carbon emissions.

Dr. Laxer adds, “The Trudeau brand is all about progressive sounding, green tinted messages. However, in NAFTA, nothing has been done to address environmentally destructive measures such as energy proportionality or the investor state dispute mechanism. It is scandalous that NAFTA’s proportionality rule locks Canada into perpetual production of climate-polluting tar sands oil and fracked gas. For Canada’s transition to a clean energy economy to begin, this polluter-friendly rule must end.”

More key findings from the report are outlined on our website. And if you haven’t seen it yet, there you can also watch the Council’s helpful video on energy proportionality.

For decades, the Council of Canadians has been arguing that NAFTA erodes our ability to have sovereignty over our energy resources – and we have been proven right.

Now, with the urgency of climate change, our concerns are even more vital today in the context of NAFTA renegotiations.

Thank you again for your continuing support. Together, we will keep fighting for Canada to negotiate a NAFTA that better protects people and the planet.