NDP STATEMENT ON THE 70TH ANNIVERSARY OF CANADA-CUBA DIPLOMATIC RELATIONS

The NDP foreign affairs critic, Hélène Laverdière, made the following statement on the 70th Anniversary of Canada-Cuba diplomatic relations:

“New Democrats are pleased to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Canada and Cuba. This milestone underscores the ongoing friendship between our two countries, manifested through economic, cultural and personal ties. The broad and diverse relationship our countries enjoy is based on our long history of mutually beneficial engagement. In 1945, Canada’s first diplomatic mission in the Caribbean opened in Cuba.

Successful diplomacy between our two countries involves more than relations between Ottawa and Havana. Canada and Cuba have well-established, significant and growing commercial and investment relationships. Canada and Cuba continue to strengthen diplomatic relations through our academic, cultural, and tourism ties. Over one million Canadians visit Cuba annually and Cuba holds the largest Terry Fox Run outside Canada. In marking the 70th anniversary of bilateral diplomatic relations between our two countries, New Democrats reaffirm our support for a strong and vibrant friendship between Canada and Cuba.”