Remember when Trudeau senior used to praise Fidel Castro and Cuba. They were friends. And the ongoing praise and adulation of leftists throughout North America continued.
Well, not much anymore.
You see the western dollars in tourism has dried up with the Wuhan Virus and there is no viable economy in any case, so the place is s a mess.
This is highlighted in the retirement of Raul Castro, Fidel’s brother bringing an end to Castro rule ... but the old dogma continues with hand picked successors.
An article in the Wall Street Journal brings all of this to the fore and highlights the desperate conditions prevailing there and how with the internet seeds of rebellion are growing.
The article opens by saying:
‘Raúl Castro said he is stepping down as chief of Cuba’s ruling Communist Party, leaving behind a demoralized country running on little but post-revolutionary fumes as it struggles with growing food shortages and rising discontent.’
Cuba needs a more open economy but to achieve that the command and control of the government has to ease. And that would mean the government could lose its dominant position and who knows some form of democracy might break out.
The situation is described in the article most
clearly by the following:
“The economic situation is extremely critical,” said Camilo Condis, who runs an electrical contracting business in Havana. “You have to be in line at five in the morning and wait 10 hours to buy a bag of coffee,” he said by telephone.
So much for the vaunted economic and social system praised by leftists over the years.
Their paradise is puff ——- an idea that can’t make it on the ground, as history has shown over and over again.
Brian Peckford was elected in 1972, as a Progressive Conservative, to the Newfoundland Labrador House of Assembly. He became Premier at the age of 36, and held the leadership of his party and government from 1979 to 1989.
Since leaving politics, Peckford has conducted public inquires for the governments of British Columbia and Canada, has served on numerous Boards including the CBC, and has been active in public affairs.
In 1993, he and his wife Carol moved to British Columbia and they now live in Parksville, on Vancouver Island.
He blogs at Peckford 42.