H.E. Julio Garmendia Peña, Cuba’s Ambassador to Canada, began a two day visit to Nova Scotia with a public meeting at Dalhousie University’s Schulich School of Law on March 11.
The Ambassador addressed a large gathering of about 90 people on the current challenges and developments facing Cuba, especially the meaning of the steps towards establishing full Cuba-U.S. diplomatic relations, and the further obstacles which lie in the way of the actual normalization of relations between the two countries. Following the presentation, the Ambassador proceeded to answer wide-ranging questions for another hour.
On this, his second visit to Halifax, the Ambassador laid special emphasis on the warm relations between the people of Nova Scotia and Cuba and the state of Canada-Cuba relations on the 70th anniversary of their establishment in 1945. The Ambassador also discussed the mass democratic consultations taking place throughout Cuba as the people shape ongoing economic measures aimed at updating the Cuban economic model in order to ensure a sustainable and prosperous socialist society into the future.
On March 12 he was interviewed on the CBC Morning Show. The Ambassador also met with Premier Stephen McNeil and Halifax Mayor Mike Savage.