canada to host lima group meeting as crisis in venezuela continues to spiral

Canada to host Lima Group meeting as crisis in Venezuela continues to spiral

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Canada and its Lima Group allies are meeting in Ottawa Monday to talk about the political, economic and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will host the meeting that comes amid massive protests in Venezuela aimed at pressing the country’s socialist leader, Nicolas Maduro, to vacate the presidency.READ MORE: Trudeau speaks with Venezuela’s Guaido ahead of Lima Group meetingCanada has already contributed $2.2 million for the humanitarian crisis that’s forced some three million Venezuelans from their homes, sending ripples across the region, particularly in neighbouring Brazil and Colombia which are now faced with a refugee crisis.The gathering of more than a dozen of Canada’s Western Hemisphere allies is meant to find new ways to support Venezuela’s opposition and ease the refugee crisis. But sources say Canada won’t be adding to the humanitarian fund because Maduro won’t allow proper humanitarian access into the country.WATCH: Mass protests in Venezuela as Maduro flexes political muscle