Okay, but we were comparing Alberta and Cuba. There are no (alleged) terrorists being held indefinitely in Alberta, and Alberta jails aren't filled with people whose only "crime" is being publicly critical of the leader and his regime.Terencius1 wrote:argolio wrote:I could see the embargo being lifted, but Fidel would probably have to kick the bucket first.
As for comparing Alberta and Cuba, at least Alberta has had political choices, regardless if you haven't liked the ones Albertans have made. The fact that Cuba's prisons are still filled with way too many political prisoners makes it a no contest when comparing political freedoms on that issue alone. People are still trying to get out of Cuba, not the other way around.
On Fidel- I agree! Surprise
On Political choices, true to an extent, I don't buy the allegation that the majority in Cuban prisons are "political". I would assume that the Majority of Prisoners committed the same crimes as those in Canadian prisons.
Alberta is free to make it's own choices and NO, I don't always agree with them. It is the longevity of the governing party that I disagree with. Much like Federal liberals, they have a "culture of entitlement". However, Albertan's made it's decisions with less than 55% of the voting public actually voting, in the last election. Because there was NO alternative, which in the long run, is bad for democracy in general.
Cuba has elections as well, between different factions of the governing party. Candidates were campaigning while I was there.
As for political prisoners, and it's difficult to compare a country with a province, except in general terms. What is the difference between a political prisoner in Cuba, and the detainees in Guantanimo? Both are HELD for political reasons, correct?
How can elections and campaigning involving only the governing party ever be considered legitimate?
I agree that one party in office so that long is not good for democracy. I know I could never vote for the same party that many times in a row but if the people aren't buying what the opposition is selling, what can anyone really do about it?