Canada and the international community can play a role fostering effective negotiations between government and opposition, and strongly pushing for the opening of a humanitarian channel.
Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, pictured. Since March 2017 when the partisan Supreme Court ruled to dissolve the opposition-controlled National Assembly, Venezuela has been paralyzed by street protests, heavy-handed repression and confrontation. The Constituent Assembly is bound to deepen this crisis if spaces for truly plural negotiation are not created. Photograph courtesy of Commons Wikimedia