Canada PM’s Statement On Castro’s Death Stirs Controversy

Posted November 27th, 2016 on Niagara At Large

A Brief Foreword Note from NAL publisher Doug Draper

It appears Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement on the death of former Cuban president Fidel Castro this November 26th has more than a few among us reeling – particularly those who view Castro as a dictator who oppressed and, in some cases, imprisoned and murdered, his own people, and who otherwise posed a menace to the rest of the world over his more than 50 years in power.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the now late Cuban president/dictator Fidel Castro.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the now late Cuban president/dictator Fidel Castro.

Trudeau’s statement – posted here in its entirety – is sure to draw some attacks in Canada’s House of Commons in the day ahead. What do you think?

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro

  • The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today (November 26th, 2016) issued the following statement on the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro:

“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.

“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”.

“I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.

“On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader.”

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3 responses to “Canada PM’s Statement On Castro’s Death Stirs Controversy

  1. There is nothing wrong with Justin Trudeau’s statement. There are many worse dictators in the world that are being wined, dined and coddled by world leaders for monetary reasons . What about them? And how about all the human rights abuses that are regularly ignored because of trade partnerships? Not to mention Trump’s love for Putin. Castro was a very controversial figure. But, he is dead. Justin Trudea’s statement is kind and respectful. I would much rather see this type of reaction than that which we are seeing in Miami. Celebrating someone’s death by cheering, partying and dancing in the streets? That’s sick.


  2. Castro was loved by some of his people and hated by others. So what’s new? What many people ignore is that, while obviously a despot and dictator who executed many opponents, as Brigitte said, what have others done with full support and assistance from foreign governments? How many have the CIA disposed of? How many times did it try to assassinate him? Kennedy had plans to form some degree of cooperation with Cuba when killed, much against the wishes of the CIA who wanted to invade with US troops. Even Che Guevera, one of his cohorts in the Cuban revolution, is widely suspected to have been exterminated in Bolivia with aid from the CIA. That’s different.

    Most of the dissenters who fled to Florida were political opponents and those whose lands or businesses were nationalized by Castro. They still would have been wealthy and had considerable control if they remained. That included his own family. (He also sent many criminals and mentally ill.) Many who fled later were suffering from the financial depression that set in after the fall of the Soviet Union and loss of its aid.

    He did provide improved health care with more doctors per capita than in the US, almost 100% literacy and overthrew an equally, if not more corrupt Batista. (Under Batista, Cuba was a haven for the mob, corruption and vice.) Cuban doctors have provided aid in numerous nations and even offered help after Katrina (which was foolishly refused). The US actually aided Castro’s overthrow of Batista by suspending the supply of arms to the Batista government in 1958. When Castro nationalized American assets in Cuba, which were many, like oil refineries, he was blacklisted further and turned to Russia.

    There have been so many clandestine goings on and so much foreign interference in Cuba and other nations, particularly in Central and South America to this day, that those interfering nations cannot claim to be pristine and totally virtuous. Holding a grudge with a nation for over 50 years, as done by the US, was silly and if a reconciliation had been sought sooner, the Cuban people could have benefitted greatly. That was not totally Castro’s fault. Canada did assist in that reconciliation as did the Papacy.

    Trudeau’s statement has taken a lot of flack and it certainly could have been more diplomatic but I think it comes from his family’s history with Castro. I believe his father’s relationship with Cuba was a well deserved nose thumbing. Canada always had a different relationship with Cuba than most. How many have spent their vacation dollars there but criticized his remark? If you did so, you are a hypocrite.


  3. An afterthought to my remark, it was actually Harper’s Conservative government that initiated the US/Cuba reconciliation but no doubt they will be the biggest critics. One good thing Harper did.


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