Venezuelan government angry about Stephen Harper’s remarks on the death of Hugo Chavez

The Venezuelans have responded angrily to Stephen Harper’s official statement on the passing of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez,

Here is their letter (rough English translation follows),

La República Bolivariana de Venezuela, Ministerio del Poder Popular para Relaciones Exteriores mediante esta nota, protesta de manera contundente y categórica, las declaraciones emitidas el 5 de marzo de 2013 por el Primer Ministro de Canadá, Stephen Harper, en tanto que constituyen expresiones insensibles e impertinentes en momentos en que el Pueblo venezolano lamenta y llora la irreparable pérdida física del Comandante Presidente Hugo Chávez Frías.
La República Bolivariana de Venezuela, Ministerio del Poder Popular para Relaciones Exteriores, en nombre del Pueblo Soberano que desde el año 1998 ha elegido libre y democráticamente su destino Socialista, se obliga a recordarle al representante del Gobierno de Canadá, que ha sido gracias a ésta Revolución Bolivariana que nuestro futuro como Patria independiente y soberana se ve más radiante y promisorio que nunca, en virtud del legado de nuestro líder histórico, el Comandante Presidente Hugo Chávez Frías.
La República Bolivariana de Venezuela cuenta con instituciones sólidas consagradas en la Constitución Nacional de 1999, que permitirán que el pueblo venezolano, continuando con el ejercicio de su derecho a la autodeterminación, se dirija libre y soberanamente hacia el Socialismo Bolivariano y a reconocerlo como la vía para un futuro del vivir bien, que asegure la mayor suma de felicidad posible para todos.

The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Ministry of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs through this note, protest in a convincing and categorical way the declarations issued on March 5, 2013 by the Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, while such expressions are insensitive and intrusive at a time when the Venezuelan people laments and mourns the irreparable loss of our Commander President Hugo Chavez Frias.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela, and the Ministry of Popular Power for Foreign Affairs, on behalf of the sovereign people that since 1998 chose their fate freely and democratically as a Socialist’s nation, is obliged to remind the Prime Minister of Canada, that it has been thanks to this Bolivarian Revolution that our future as an independent and sovereign country looks brighter and promising than ever, lead under the legacy of our Commander Hugo Chavez Frias.
The Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela has strong institutions recognized in the Constitution of 1999, which allow to the Venezuelan people, continuing with the exercise of the their right to self-determination, moves forward free and sovereign towards the Bolivarian’s Socialism and recognize it as the way for the future welfare of its citizens, to ensure the greatest happiness for all.



  • BrainDrainXP

    I guess someone thinks Hugo is going to rise from the grave and strike him down if he doesn’t continue to defend the dream…

  • Danielle Klooster

    Where can I find Harper’s comments?

  • Dana

    The statement issued by the Venezuelan government is well said. Shame on PM Harper for his comments following the death of President Hugo Chavez. Chavez was a great leader, and his death is a tragedy not only for Venezuela, but for the world.

  • Steve Eros

    For a country that wals into the UN and claims
    Bush is the devil and America is evil, they sure are touchy.

  • GabbyInQC

    The PM’s statement is available here:

    Stephen Taylor also posted it in his blog post titled “Hugo Chavez has died: World Reaction”.

  • Victorino

    It is evident that he made that comment just to ingratiate himself with his big neighbor.

  • Victorino

    Here they are:

    5 March 2013

    Ottawa, Ontario Prime Minister

    Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the death of Hugo
    Chávez Frías, President of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela:

    “I would like to offer my condolences to the people of Venezuela on the passing of President Chávez.

    “Canada looks forward to working with his successor and other leaders in the
    region to build a hemisphere that is more prosperous, secure and

    “At this key juncture, I hope the people of
    Venezuela can now build for themselves a better, brighter future based
    on the principles of freedom, democracy, the rule of law and respect for
    human rights.”

  • oldwhiteguy

    and we should care. why????

  • GabbyInQC

    That is your reading of it, and it is evident that it’s the wrong one.

    “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar” [attributed to Freud]

  • Alejandro Gallardo

    Well…Who´s is he prime minister? Canada, right? how can he question the path we Venezuelans have chosen? why is he so convinced that we need more democracy or prosperity? Did he live in Caracas? Have anyone seen the thownsends in line to see him for the last time? You dont give a F&/( so thats why he shouldn´t make those declarations where he make those asumptions. If we do the same you would be angry…i thought Canadians were more independents of Washingtong orders, but if i judge by these guy opinions, you´re just they backyard

  • Victorino

    Your answer to my comment can be perfectly applied to you as well.