Canadian Foreign Policy

By Yves Engler, June 20, 2022

Gustavo Petro’s election victory in Colombia is a major blow to Justin Trudeau’s bid to bolster pro-empire/corporate governments in the hemisphere. Sunday’s presidential vote strengthens the socialistic, regional integrationist forces Ottawa has sought to undercut.

An ex-rebel fighter, Petro is widely considered Colombia’s first ever left-wing leader. While the senator and former mayor of Bogota has moderated his politics over the years, Petro’s running mate rose to prominence as an activist challenging mining companies. Francia Marquez will also be the first black woman to hold the position of vice-president.

Ottawa would have preferred Petro’s multi-millionaire opponent Rodolfo Hernandez. The Liberals promoted current hard right…