Harper issued a statement that offered “condolences to the people of Venezuela,” but not the family of the flamboyant 58-year-old leftist leader, who died Tuesday after a long battle with cancer.
A statement from a senior Venezuelan government official says a “card of protest” was sent to Ottawa after Harper expressed what he called insensitivity at a time when their country is grieving.
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BBC had a list of responses to Chavez's death from various countries around the world. I thought Canada's and Mexico's were the best. Chavez feuded bitterly with Mexico over the Cemex takeover.
Colombia, another country Chavez undermined and feuded with, had a very well thought out response. Chavez death will only improve the stability of Colombia. A country which is slowly getting past violent instability does not need to make things worse by dancing on Chavez's grave.
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