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Letter to Prime Minister re Covid-19
Tuesday, 24 March 2020 15:45

Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association Toronto

PO Box 99051 – 1245 Dupont St Toronto, Ontario M6H 4H7
Tel: 647-501-1219 Fax: 905-951-8499

Established 1977 CCFA Toronto
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Website: www.ccfatoronto.ca
Member of www.CanadianNetworkonCuba.ca (CNC)

March 15, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau,

Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, Ontario

 

Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,

The Canadian Cuban Friendship Association Toronto
is writing to bring to your attention an aspect of the
COVID-19 crisis that, because it is given little
importance by our leading news media, may find
its significance undervalued.  This possibility looms
when Cuba is the focus of concern.

We are primarily troubled by the fact that, even in
the face of a UN recognized pandemic, hardly
anything is being done by governments of the
Western world to ease the burden imposed on
the Cuban people. On the contrary, recently
added sanctions and the tightening blockade
(arbitrary and illegal) seem calculated to
make life a living hell for Cubans, its hellish
consequences being abated only by the people's
developed skills of analysis and cooperative work.

We believe that countries which possess a
capacity for humanitarian sensitivity--and
we expect our country Canada to be one
of these--should act urgently on this matter,
now newly exposed, regarding Cuba and other
Third World countries, by prevailing on the U.S.
to cancel its relentlessly stifling measures.  

Such an intervention on Canada's part has
great potential and practical benefits for Canada
and for humanity.  Some of them will be
surprising to many people.  We recently
witnessed how a candidate for nomination
for the presidency of the United States
damaged his candidacy, in a climate primed
to be malicious and ignorant, by mentioning
favourably just one of the many ways in which
the Cuban example would be beneficial to
the United States itself.

Because Cuba made the decision to develop
its biotechnology, creating, for example, its
antiviral Recombinant Interferon Alpha 2B
(INFrec)*, and because the island has normal,
friendly relations with China, the island has
been able to help China quell the ferocious
COVID-19 attack.  China with its abundant
resources is now promptly following the
Cuban internationalist example, by sending
teams of specialized and well-equipped health
workers to curb COVID-19's cruel threat to
life in other countries, such as Iran,
South Korea and Italy.

Countries throughout the world are deriving
benefits from the progress that Cuba has been
able to make in several fields.  We beseech
our government to be assertive in helping
Cuba to free itself of the vicious burdens of
the blockade and sanctions so that it may
better help itself and humanity.

*Please see: https://www.theyucatantimes.com/
2020/02/cuban-medicine-used-in-china-to-
cure-coronavirus/

Looking forward to your response

Elizabeth Hill, President

Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association Toronto

 

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