A Cuban group in Montreal will host an event with Conservatives this Thursday, as Canada's Tories continue to voice their support for pro-democracy protests.
According to CiberCuba, the Cuban Consul has since started to make calls to members of the Cuban community as a form of intimidation, in order to cancel the event. CSIS has since been informed of the threats.
Demonstrations against the communist regime in Cuba have continued in the small Caribbean nation since July 11, and with it, a storm of controversy for Canadian federal party leaders, such as New Democrat leader Jagmeet Singh and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who had both previously given their flattering opinions of dictator Fidel Castro.
Specifically, Trudeau called Castro a "larger than life leader" and praised his orating skills, comments that made international headlines due to the fractured relationship that western democracies have had with Cuba for decades.
Among those who voiced their condemnation of the Castro regime and support for pro-democracy protestors are the aforementioned Conservatives, especially MP Michael Chong and Conservative Party leader Erin O'Toole, and Senator Leo Housakos, who will also be in attendance during the event in Montreal, slated for August 5 at 5 pm at Restaurant La Cecilia.
Sen. Housakos called out the prime minister for his comments on Castro, posing the question: "When will Justin Trudeau call for Freedom and Democracy for Cuba and the Cuban people? Behind the beaches and resorts is a dictatorship that has the Cuban people living in poverty."
Despite being given ample opportunity, Prime Minister Trudeau would refuse to come forward with a condemnation of Cuba's communist regime.
When asked about the matter during a July press conference, Trudeau merely said that Canada stood "in friendship" with Cubans, and calling for greater respect for human rights.
Following repeated calls from the opposition Conservatives and Sen. Housakos, the Trudeau Liberals would not react strongly against the event in Cuba until July 16, where they condemned "the violent repression of protests by the regime" and said that the Cuban people "deserve democracy and Liberty."
Others speakers include Charlesbourg-Haute Saint Charles MP and Public Services and Procurement Critic Pierre Paul-Hus.