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By Yves Engler, Canadian Dimension, Feb. 5, 2020

Last week, Venezuelan politician Juan Guaidó was fêted in Ottawa. The self-declared president met with Justin Trudeau along with a number of other high ranking cabinet ministers including Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne. In hopes of “reinvigorating” efforts to bring democracy to Venezuela, Trudeau said, “I commend Interim President Guaidó for the courage and leadership he has shown in his efforts to return democracy to Venezuela, and I offer Canada’s continued support.”

Guaidó was most recently dethroned as leader of Venezuela’s national assembly. While the vote was contested, it represents a significant blow to his year-old claim to be Venezuela’s legitimate president. To shore up his position as…