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Diplomats raised concerns about Canada’s response to Cuban illness in 2017: union

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Canada faces a lawsuit alleging its actions were slow, which could be a ‘game changer’ for a department in need of a wake-up call, says one former diplomat.

Global Affairs Canada, headed by Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, won’t comment on the speed of the government’s actions in response to the mysterious illness suffered by Canadians posted in Cuba. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Diplomats posted in Cuba were asking questions about Canada’s response to a mysterious illness as far back as fall 2017, a few months after they learned of the so-called “Havana Syndrome” that has struck 14 Canadian victims, as of January. Former diplomats say Canada’s response appears to have been delayed and raises the need for a new approach by a department that hasn’t had the capacity for adequate support.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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