Canada Defies U.S. on Cuba

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Canada’s Prime Minister Jean Chretien yesterday joined the stream of recent visitors to Havana -- ranging from the pope to Naomi Campbell -- who have urged the U.S. to change its Cuba policy. But Chretien (who has been known to take the occasional swing at opponents) has as much chance of ending the U.S. embargo as of winning a world heavyweight boxing title: “The embargo has no support in Europe or the rest of the world, but it will be a long time before the U.S. changes its policy,” says TIME correspondent Douglas Waller. “Clinton is even more hard-line on Cuba than Reagan and Bush, because he needed the Florida Cuban vote, and so will Al Gore. So the issue isn’t even whether the Cuba embargo makes sense as foreign policy; it’s all domestically driven.”