No political censorship luncheon, swears the Chamber of Commerce

dejeuner-causerie-avec-president-mexicain(Quebec) The Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Quebec swear this is not for political reasons that members of the Committee for Human Rights in Latin America (CDHAL) were denied entry Monday to lunch- chat with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto.

Eight members of CDHAL, who had bought their tickets on Wednesday the Chamber of Commerce website and got a confirmation with the procedure for attending the event, have been indicating Sunday evening that their registrations were canceled due to lack of availability.

According to the coordinator Marie-Eve Marleau that his organization is very critical of the administration of Enrique Peña Nieto and he regularly denounces human rights violations in Mexico has surely played a role in the decision.

“We sincerely believe that this is a political decision because we were inscribed with the name of our organization, which is concerned about the serious human rights crisis in Mexico where many disappearances and killings is noted and where there are many of extractive mining investments on the part of Canada, “said Ms. Marleau to the sun.

Too popular activity

“The activity has been more popular we had planned,” however retorts Alain Aubut, President and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce. “We were expecting between 200 and 250 people and more than 350 people bought tickets. Unfortunately, the Château Frontenac ballroom can accommodate more than 320 to 350 people. On its own, the Mexican delegation included 60 people! ”

In the circumstances, the Chamber has just decided to focus its members and partners. “As soon as it was complete, phone chain was started and there was prioritized by focusing our members and partners, such as the Department of International Relations, the Caisse de depot et placement and their guests . ”

Not a first

He adds that this is not the first time that members have priority and an activity where space is limited. “It’s not just them [members CDHAL], there are between 10 and 20 buyers whose tickets were canceled for this reason. I can tell you that there is not a single non-member of the Chamber of Commerce, except for guests of our partners, who may have a place. ”

Mr. Aubut also swear that the Chamber does not take sides on the political side. “We are an organization that is not racist and that is apolitical. Discrimination, it is not our strength, “he adds.

Nevertheless, Ms. Marleau regrets that the CDHAL was unable to take part in the luncheon, an activity she considered very important because the body works daily in the Mexican case. “This is the first time we refused entry somewhere and that’s a shame because we do a serious job of documentation, dissemination and support,” she says.

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