Ottawa, October 22, 2020 - This afternoon, Stéphane Bergeron, Member of Parliament and Foreign Affairs Critic for the Bloc Québécois Party, presented a petition to the House of Commons signed by 577 Canadian citizens, including Cubans permanently residing in this northern country, in favour of lifting the blockade imposed by the US government against Cuba. This petition was initiated last April by citizens of the province of Quebec.
The petition asks the government of Canada, through the Minister of Foreign Affairs, to demand that the government of the United States lift the blockade against Cuba. The text refers to the fact that the blockade against Cuba has been in force for 60 years and that Canada has opposed this policy. It also states that President Trump has banned the export of medical supplies to Latin American nations, while Cuba has sent health professionals to several countries around the world to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
In support of the petition, the Bloc Québécois issued a press release, stating that in time of “this health crisis, the United States must end its threats against Cuba and Venezuela”.
This action coincided with the presentation by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Cuba, Bruno Rodríguez Parrilla, of the report by Cuba on resolution 74/7 of the United Nations General Assembly, “Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed by the United States of America against Cuba”, which denounces the unprecedented tightening of this cruel and illegal policy, even taking advantage of the COVID-19 pandemic, and stressed that only in the last year the blockade has caused losses to Cuba in the order of 5,570.3 million dollars.
Embassy of Cuba in Canada