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To: Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland

Canada: Recognize Cuba’s remarkable response to Covid-19

Canada: Recognize Cuba’s remarkable response to Covid-19

Dear Minister Freeland: By June 4, 2020, we request that Canada publicly acknowledge Cuba’s remarkable acts of international solidarity in sending multiple health professional teams to help combat Covid-19 in Africa, Europe, Latin America, and the Caribbean.

To easily accomplish this show of recognition for Cuba's major contribution to the global battle against the novel coronavirus, Canada could initiate a letter of recognition and circulate it to all United Nations member countries for their endorsement. Once completed, the letter could be read out at a special U.N. session called for this purpose. Canada would receive special mention for having initiated this show of recognition for the teams of Cuban medical professionals who have risked their lives so that the world's most vulnerable people could have a better chance at survival.

Why is this important?

Manitoba First Nations leadership requested earlier this year that a Cuban team of medical specialists in treating pandemics be allowed to come to isolated communities there to buttress sporadic health coverage. That request was quickly and publicly rejected by Deputy Prime Minister Freeland. This rejection by Canada came as the U.S. government issued a warning to countries not to accept Covid-19 professional medical help from Cuba. Canada needs to stand up now and publicly recognize the remarkable role that the small country of Cuba is playing internationally by contributing 25 teams of trained doctors, nurses and technicians (an estimated 2,000 medical personnel) to the global fight against Covid-19 on three continents.

You received this petition with more than 1,300 signatures on May 4, 2020 and we ask that within a month of the receipt of this petition, and on behalf of Canada, you sign, send and make public the requested letter regarding the remarkable role played by the Cuban medical teams in the global fight against COVID-19.


Reasons for signing

  • cuban doctors the best
  • If cuba can help then let them. and make sure they get recognized like everyone else who helps in ending this
  • I signed because Christia Freeland needs to know the solidarity with Cuba that Canadians have and the support for their selfless humanitarianism despite the cruel and illegal blockade by the US.The government (Canada)must reflect the people's thoughts and ideas.


2020-05-15 07:27:56 -0400

Further evidence that Minister Freeland’s March 30 rejection of a F.N. request for a Cuban medical team was a decision driven by ideology, not fact-based science.
“The jurisdictional fight between the provinces and the federal government....more often than not leaves Indigenous people without any services.”

2020-05-06 08:23:23 -0400

This petition backed by 1335 signatures was sent to Minister Freeland (and other Ministers including PM Trudeau) on May 4, 2020 calling for a letter of Recognition from our federal government to be publicized and sent no later than June 4, 2020. This petition will remain open to having more signatures until June 4 when further action will be considered if no letter has been forthcoming.
A Press Release based on the Petition’s text was send to media sources on May 5. Rick

2020-04-26 12:02:15 -0400

The New Brunswick Media Coop carries a very good summary of the request for a Cuban medical team by Manitoba First Nations, the rejection by Ottawa (and the implications of that rejection) and an acknowledgement of the work being carried out by well trained Cuban health care teams on three continents (22 countries now with South Africa being the most recent).

2020-04-24 19:33:21 -0400

1,000 signatures reached

2020-04-24 11:24:41 -0400

Costa Rican online newspaper el has picked up on this petition and put together the article you can access clicking on the URL that follows

2020-04-19 15:59:35 -0400

Y Here (below) is another petition you may want to consider supporting. It appears to have been launched on April 9th, and asks for specific medical equipment and federal assistance for remote communities. One of their requests is also for Cuban doctors to be allowed in to go to remote communities. While it is complementary to this Lead Now petition, it doesn't ask Deputy Prime Minister Freeland to publicly recognize the important international solidarity role being played by Cuban Health teams on three continents (this after Ms. Freeland publicly rejected the Manitoba First Nations request for a Cuban health team, as reported by the CBC on March 30).

2020-04-18 20:17:02 -0400

Canada's Daily African Canadian and Caribbean News Magazine PRIDE - "Cuba Develops Vaccine to Combat COVID-19"...this article would suggest that Canada could seek out a greater degree of mutually beneficial cooperation with Cuba's pharmacological institutes and lessen Canada's reliance on Big (US) Pharma...

2020-04-18 12:39:48 -0400

500 signatures reached

2020-04-17 08:35:47 -0400

Ironic that the Manitoba government makes this call at the same time that this petition is launched - MANITOBA TEMPORARILY BANS NON-ESSENTIAL TRAVEL TO NORTHERN, REMOTE COMMUNITIES - WINNIPEG FREE PRESS...ironic in that if Freeland had not rejected the Manitoba First Nations' request earlier this year, the potential Cuban medical team would have by now completed their 14 days of isolation and would have been available to assist the fragile health system in remote communities in Manitoba.

2020-04-16 12:17:12 -0400

100 signatures reached

2020-04-16 10:41:54 -0400

50 signatures reached

2020-04-16 09:44:13 -0400

Article - Cuba’s Coronavirus Response is Putting Other Countries to Shame -

2020-04-16 09:21:07 -0400

25 signatures reached

2020-04-16 07:25:15 -0400

10 signatures reached