People around the world reacted with astonishment Saturday after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau waxed poetic about Cuba’s former leader Fidel Castro in a statement he released hours after news broke that Castro had passed away.
In his statement, Trudeau referred to the former guerrilla revolutionary as a “remarkable leader” and pointed to Castro’s friendship with Trudeau’s late father, Pierre Trudeau. Castro attended Trudeau’s Montreal funeral in 2000.
“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President,” Trudeau wrote in the statement, which was circulated around 4 a.m. EST Saturday morning. “Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century. A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation.”
“While a controversial figure, both Mr. Castro’s supporters and detractors recognized his tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people who had a deep and lasting affection for ‘el Comandante.'”
Trudeau’s full statement can be found at the bottom of this article.
Here in Canada, many Conservative members of Parliament and Tory leadership candidates took to Twitter to condemn Trudeau’s tribute to the deeply divisive leader. Maxime Bernier published a series of tweets in both French and English, calling the prime minister’s praise of Castro “repugnant.”
Saturday, 26 November 2016
iPolitics: Trudeau attacked worldwide for Castro statement