Canada Declares Independence in Havana

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Itís not only U.S.-Cuba policy thatís maintained with domestic electoral concerns in mind. Canadian prime minister Jean Chretienís visit with Fidel Castro may also have been undertaken with his electorate in mind: ďChretienís Cuba trip will win him votes back home because heís asserting his independence from the U.S.,Ē says TIME Toronto bureau chief Andrew Purvis. Chretien told Castro that most participants in the recent Summit of the Americas want Cuba to rejoin the hemisphereís family of nations, and he also pressed for the release of dissidents. His primary message, however: Donít tell Canada what to do, eh? And thatís a vote-getter on any issue.