Canada-CARICOM Summit: No to Canadian Interference in the Caribbean!

Canada will host leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) for the first Canada-CARICOM Summit in Ottawa from October 17 to 19. Justin Trudeau will co-chair the Summit alongside the Prime Minister of Dominica, Roosevelt Skerrit, the current president of CARICOM. "Strategic partnerships for a resilient future" is the theme of this summit.

What's the context? Canada is holding this summit as part of the efforts, visits and travels of Canada and the United States in the Caribbean to coax the CARICOM countries, maintain their influence and retain control over Haiti in the service of the Group Core. To add insult to injury, it is being held on the day of the death of Jean-Jacques Dessalines, the hero of Haiti's independence in 1804, as an affront to the Haitian people. It's a double affront, because Canada will receive at the Summit Haiti's illegitimate and unelected Prime Minister Ariel Henry, who was imposed on the Haitian people by decision of the UN mission in Haiti and the U.S.-dominated Core Group. 

On October 2, the UN Security Council adopted the U.S. resolution allowing Kenya to send troops to Haiti for one year starting in January. Barbados also announced that it would take part in the interference planned by the U.S. against Haiti. Eleven other countries had already indicated their intention to participate according to reports:  Bahamas, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Suriname, Belize, Guatemala, Peru, Italy, Spain, Senegal and Mongolia.

The summit announces the theme of building partnerships for a resilient future. The word resilience is defined as "the ability of a person or group to develop well, to continue to project themselves into the future, in the presence of destabilizing events, difficult living conditions, sometimes severe trauma." This term seems intended to make it very clear and unequivocal that the undemocratic, destructive activities of Canada and the Group Core in Haiti will continue, despite the total opposition of the Haitian people to foreign interference and their sovereign will.

The press release issued by the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) further states: "During the Summit, Prime Minister Trudeau will highlight the importance of strengthening democratic values, promoting human rights and the rules-based international order, and improving coordination in matters of regional security, in particular by responding to the political, humanitarian and security crisis currently plaguing Haiti." It was precisely under the veneer of speeches about defending democracy, human rights and a rules-based international order that Canada participated in the 2004 coup with the U.S. and France against Haiti, and participates as a member of the Group Core in Haiti. Its actions have nothing to do with these high ideals.

"Finally, the leaders will speak with Canadian business leaders and investors to create more business opportunities in the region," the press release says. Among other things, this part directly relates to the interests and large investments of Canadian mining companies and American interests in the region for the plunder of Haiti's resources, including rare earth and irradium deposits in Haiti and the Caribbean.

CARICOM is a regional organization that was established by the Treaty of Chaguaramas on July 4, 1973. It consists of 15 full members and five associate members. Full members are Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago. Associate members are the following overseas territories: Anguilla, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands and Turks and Caicos Islands.

This article was published in
Volume 53 Number 12 - October 2023

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