Statement by Minister of Foreign Affairs on Venezuelan government decision to bar the opposition coalition


January 27, 2018 - Ottawa, Canada - Global Affairs Canada

The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement:

“The recent decision by Venezuela’s Supreme Court barring the opposition coalition from participating in the upcoming elections is further evidence of the Maduro regime’s anti-democratic practices. Presidential elections held under these unfair conditions will lack legitimacy and credibility.

“Canada rejects the regime’s unilateral decision to hold presidential elections in Venezuela during the first quarter of this year. The Supreme Court’s decision renders it impossible to hold democratic, transparent and credible elections.

“We demand that presidential elections be called with reasonable advance notice, and that the process allows for the participation of all Venezuelan political players and in accordance with international standards for free and fair elections, including the participation of independent international observers.”


Adam Austen
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Foreign Affairs

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