Over the weekend, Venezuela’s Maduro regime conducted a sham referendum that international observers condemned as nothing more than an attempt to solidify power.
The U.S. led the way, ]with Treasury Secretary Mnuchin announcing that Maduro would be personally sanctioned with a freeze on his U.S. assets and a prohibition on Americans doing business with the dictator.
Venezuela and Canada both produce heavy crude oil that the U.S. market desperately needs, so it’s shocking that the Canadian government and Finance Minister Bill Morneau aren’t joining our allies in sanctioning the Maduro regime.
Why not pressure the Trump administration to take steps to sanction the oil industry since Canada could easily replace some, if not all, of the 291 million barrels of oil the U.S. imports from Venezuela each year?
This Liberal government has no interest in taking advantage of the pro-business, pro-oil and gas, pro-industry policies of the Trump administration and joining the U.S. to become energy dominant thereby making North America, and not OPEC, the foremost provider of crude oil and natural gas.
But with a Prime Minister more concerned with Pride Parades, selfies, and pot legalization, I guess I’m just asking far too much.