A while back, Joseph Humire, the Venezuelan human rights activist, told me that Venezuelans are 19 pounds thinner now. They are literally being starved to death by their own government.
They’re also several inches shorter due to malnutrition. Venezuela has the world’s largest oil reserves, larger even than Saudi Arabia, but today it’s just a step up from North Korea, where peasants literally eat grass.
And as people starve, the government responds with more brutality. At least 108 people were murdered in the past few months of protests. Where is the UN? Where is the media?
Leaders Chavez and then Maduro pretty much eliminated a free, independent media years ago. Now Venezuela has banned protests.
The place is on the brink of civil war.
Yesterday the United States ordered their embassy staff to leave the country.
On the other hand, the Liberals seem more “troubled” about the lack of “stability and peace” in Venezuela, rather than human rights violations.
Do you know what was stable? The Soviet Union. You know who has peace? A prisoner.
Canada’s pretty bad on this issue — but does that really surprise you?
Then Paige MacPherson, Alberta Director of the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, joins me to discuss the newly founded United Conservatives Party, and the prediction that under the NDP, Alberta's net debt will quadruple to $44 billion.