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"The Regina event coincides with other international efforts underway and under-reported by the corporately owned and controlled mass media.
"NATO, promoted by the corrupt finance capitalist, political media cabal, as a defensive alliance, is gradually being exposed for what it truly is, the imperialist gendarme and provocateur of US inspired wars, including its most terrible form, nuclear war. Canada has no future and certainly no security so along as our country continues to be part of US-led NATO."
Ed Lehman himself proved that he is not only a dedicated fighter, but also a constructive optimist. After I departed, he wrote to me:
"The left has had a tremendous impact in Canada in the last hundred years. Without the struggles of the working class, militant farmers, progressive intellectuals, the indigenous population, and others, our country would not have the social programs and rights that so many here are taking for granted today. Now more and more there is a crisis of everyday living facing the nation as the result of the impacts of neo-liberalism and neo-globalism on our country. The left, and in the first place the Communists, have the task of giving strong leadership in the struggles against climate catastrophe, for a Canadian foreign policy based on peace and disarmament, and for socialism as the solution to the problems faced by Canadians. With a socialist vision and optimism, the working people of Canada will chart a new course for our country."
In Winnipeg, I publicly confronted the former Canadian Ambassador to Venezuela, Ben Rowswell (watch here), a man who has already caused great damage to various non-Western countries, and who is still continuing with his destructive labor.
I also delivered a speech at Winnipeg University (you can watch my speech: "NATO, Canada and Western Imperialism" here).
Are Canada, and its peace movements in Regina and Winnipeg, those proverbial mice that roared?
I am not sure, but what I encountered there filled me with optimism and hope, even convincing me that not 'everything in the West is lost, yet'.
It also made me think: one assumes that the centers of resistance are located in such metropolises as New York, Los Angeles and Toronto. But in reality, the Canadian opposition often gathers in small cities and towns: Radio Pacifica deep in British Columbia, Christopher Black outside Toronto, and Ed Lehman in Regina.
RPC has already hosted such outstanding Canadian individuals as Michel Chossudovsky, a great thinker and the publisher of Global Research, Eva Bartlett, one of the bravest war correspondents on earth, and soon, Christopher Black, my friend, a Communist international lawyer, an author and a poet. It also hosted me, a revolutionary writer and, or as they call me in Latin America, a militant internationalist. And the people of Regina were not scared by what I had to say; they treated me with kindness and warmth, that I shall never forget.
I felt much more at home in Regina than I ever felt in Toronto or Montreal.
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