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Chávez deserves respect

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The lack of respect being shown to Hugo Chávez after his premature death from cancer is appalling. Our prime minister once again shows his lack of respect for international protocol, not to mention a total lack of empathy, in denigrating an elected head of state, suggesting that Venezuela will now be better off.

Chávez was re-elected fairly with a much higher percentage of the popular vote than Stephen Harper has ever got. He cared for the disadvantaged and made significant strides in reducing poverty and providing health and education benefits for the downtrodden.

What a pleasant change from some of the so-called advanced nations, which are preoccupied with profits for large corporations. The popularity of Chávez appears to have so upset those beholden to a capitalist society that they would stoop to kicking the man even in death.

ALF WARKENTIN

Winnipeg

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition March 9, 2013 A14

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