Democracy: Hugo Chavez and Venezuela vs. Stephen Harper and Canada
Finally, the Earth is rid of that megalomaniac dictator who dared to equitably share oil wealth. Venezuelans at last have a shot at true democracy.
A new infographic titled “The state of Democracy in Canada & Venezuela” portrays things a little differently.
First up is a chart comparing what percentage of Venezuelan voted for Chavez to Canadians for Prime Minister Stephen Harper in the four consecutive elections both men won. Chavez consistently received a larger portion of the population’s support by margins of 15 to 27 points over Harper.
Next is a glowing assessment of Venezuela’s 2012 election by former U.S. president Jimmy Carter.
“Of the 92 elections that we’ve monitored, I would say the election process in Venezuela is the best in the world,” the elder statesman said.
That was followed by negative observations of national polls in Canada.
Towards the end of the infographic are a number of the Chavez government’s impressive accomplishments that many people might not be aware of.
That list (not independently verified):
- Free education from daycare to university
- 5th in the world in % of university students
- Reduced unemployment by 32%
- Reduced poverty by 44%
- Reduced food imports by 60%
- Cut infant mortality in Venezuela by half
- Cut child malnutrition by half
- Reduced inequality by 54%
- 96% of the population has now access to clean water
- Increased the number of health clinics by 169.6%
- Tripled the number of doctors
- Reduced public debt by 31%
For a similarly positive take on the subject of Chavez and democracy, watch this video of British MP George Galloway debating a student at Oxford University.