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Canada, U.S. primed for Cuba dispute

February 11, 2019 / Peter McKenna

I hate to say it, but Canada and the United States are headed for a major bilateral dust-up in 45 days. And with U.S. President Donald Trump wandering around the White House, it is not the type of Canada-U.S. dispute that lends itself to easy resolution. It revolves around the sticky issue of Title III lawsuits against Canadian companies operating on allegedly stolen property in Cuba under the badly outdated Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity Act (or what is popularly referred to as the Helms-Burton Law) of 1996. Recent pronouncements by the Trump administration that it is not going to sign off on the presidential waiver of the Title III provisions will leave the Canadian government with no choice but to protest firmly and loudly in official Washington.