On 22 September 2017, the Government of Canada has imposed sanctions against Venezuela, under the Special Economic Measures Act of September 5th which forms a special association with the United States of America.

These measures are unjust and ill-informed and should be rescinded. They will hurt the people of Venezuela; they violate human rights and international law, and they impede dialogue and peace-building in both Venezuela and the region.

A petition to the Canadian government has been launched by a group of concerned Canadians who oppose this measure. You can find this at https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1353. It will be open for signature until 25 March 2018. It must be considered by the government within 45 days of that closing date.

What Can You Do?

Sign the petition. It is open to ‘citizens, residents and friends of Canada’. Visit the website and add your name.

Tell your friends and any lists you have access to.

Ask them to visit this site, where further information will be posted.

Lobby local political representatives – both elected members of the legislature and significant figures such as civil rights and poverty activists, trade unionists and individuals in faith communities. We hope to make material available such as postcards, email templates, and so on. Speakers are also available.

Help us! Write to [email protected] with suggestions, comments and above all, offers of help or suggested contacts

Donate: the campaign costs money and time.

Petition Against Sanctions to be Heard by Canadian Government

March 29, 2018

We today heard from the clerk of petitions who writes “This is to inform you that petition e-1353, which you have submitted on the e-petitions website of the House of Commons, has been certified for presentation to the House. ”

The petition has thus reached the required number of signatures and will be presented to the House. Thanks to all who helped. With Venezuela’s elections due in May, it is all the more important that the election should proceed free from external interference, that the results should be respected by the international community, and that the people of Venezuela should be allowed to govern their own destiny following the election.

Now is the time for more action. We suggest that you contact your local member of parliament and request that she/he support the petition when it is presented. If your MP needs further information, there is material on this site and we can supply answers to any questions they may have.

Congratulations, and keep up the momentum,

The Committee

This petition, agreed unanimously by delegates to a conference held in Winnipeg in September 2017, is proposed by:

Alison Colette
Vancouver

Radhika Desai
Manitoba

Alan Freeman
Manitoba

Cy Gonick
Manitoba

Paul Graham
Manitoba

Henry Heller
Manitoba

Peter Kulchyski
Manitoba

Sig Laser
Manitoba

Glenn Michalchuk
Manitoba

Darryl Rankin
Manitoba

John Ridell
Toronto