Toronto, March 23th, 2018.- Juan Carlos Rodríguez Díaz, member of Cuba´s National Assembly of People´s Power and Historian of the City of Pinar del Rio in western Cuba, and Yamil Martinez from Institute of Friendship with the Peoples (ICAP) arrived to Canada as part of an invitation by Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC).
Both Cuban representatives participated in a public event at the Friends House in Toronto. The historian briefly summarized the history of Cuba and went further on the structure and composition of the National Assembly of People´s power, Cuba's democracy principles and the electoral system, highlighting among others, participation of women and younger generations along the Revolutionary process. In addition, he thanked the support and hard work of the Canadian solidarity movement and stressed that Cuba will continue its longstanding solidarity with fair causes. On the other hand, the representative from ICAP outlined 2018’s Che Guevara Volunteer Work Brigade to Cuba, taking place from April 22 to May 6.
Former Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario, David Warner acted as MC and Elizabeth Hill, President of the Canadian-Cuban Friendship Association in Toronto (CCFA-Toronto) addressed the audience with the closing remarks and thanked the Cuban visitors for their presence and the large audience that attended the meeting. The participants shared ideas and asked several questions to the main speaker about Cuba’s.
The event was attended by the Consul General of Cuba, Tania López Larroque and other members of the Cuban and Venezuelan consular representations in this city. The audience was integrated by a broad representation of solidarity organizations with Cuba based in this city. A photo exhibition by Albino Moldes about Cuban society adorned the venue.
Cuban visitors are at the beginning of a two-week tour of nine cities, from Halifax to Victoria.
(Consulate General of Cuba in Toronto)