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'An election about nothing' leaves many uninspired, 10 Oct poll smoke
An Ipsos poll published this week showed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberals with 35 percent support in the run-up to the October 21 vote, while the opposition Conservatives, headed by Andrew Scheer, were following closely at 34 percent.
A Leger Marketing poll dated October 2 found that 58 percent of eligible voters in Alberta and 49 percent of voters in Manitoba and Saskatchewan said they would vote for the Conservatives - the party's strongest support countrywide.
The campaign has also largely failed to showcase the policy differences between the parties, said Findlay, and serious issues - from systemic racism to indigenous rights to foreign policy - have been largely left off the table. ..."there's not that groundswell of, 'we gotta get rid of this government', nor has the performance of the Liberals or the Conservatives been sufficient to rise above the fray"
Cuba asks Canada to help end U.S. sanctions on Venezuela, 28 Aug
Cuban Foreign Minister Bruno Rodriguez urged Canadian counterpart Chrystia Freeland on Wednesday to help end U.S. sanctions on Venezuela in their third meeting since May on the South American country's political and humanitarian crisis.
Network in Defense of Humanity Repudiates the Invocation of TIAR, 13 Sep
On September 11, the Permanent Council of the Organization of American States (OAS), of which Venezuela is no longer a member, approved the activation of TIAR, which contemplates "the use of armed force" for an eventual intervention in Venezuela.

The proposal was introduced by the supposed Venezuelan representative (Gustavo Tarre Briceño appointed by the deputy in contempt, Juan Guaidó, who is not recognized by the legitimate Venezuelan government of President Nicolás Maduro) and was approved with 12 votes in favour, 5 abstentions and 2 absentees. The 12 countries that supported TIAR - out of a total of 19 signatories - were: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Paraguay, United States and Juan Guaidó. Five countries abstained: Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Trinidad and Tobago and Uruguay; Bahamas and Cuba were absent.

Lima Group willing to impose sanctions on Venezuela's Maduro, 30 Sep
Latin American countries on Monday said they were willing to implement sanctions to force out Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro but expressed deep reservations about any use of force. The Lima Group, which includes Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Juan Guaidó, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Paraguay, and Peru, did not specify what type of sanctions. But in a joint statement, the countries made clear that they did not support a military intervention to depose Maduro.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Oct 13th, 2019 at 08:20:56 PM EST
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