By Rick Salutin, the star, August 15, 2019
I feel flummoxed, a word I’ve never resorted to, by Canada’s policy in Honduras. It’s a poor, Central American country, the original banana republic. It suffered many military dictatorships.
In 2009 it had an actual election that was overthrown by military coup. The president, a moderate from the national elites, had developed some mildly “progressive” ideas so the army hustled him out of the country in his PJs.
The rigged election that followed, which all respectable monitoring bodies shunned, was nevertheless approved by Canada (in Harper’s era) even more heartily than by the U.S., which has military bases there. Maybe it was due to heavy Canadian investment in mining and sweatshops.