Saturday, November 26, 2016

From one dictator to another...on the death of Castro

Fidel Castro was 'larger than life,' says boy Trudeau

Canada's prime minister, who has long family ties to the Castros, offers condolences

The Canadian Press Posted: Nov 26, 2016
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is remembering former Cuban President Fidel Castro as "a larger than life leader."
Castro's death was announced on Friday night. He was 90.
Trudeau, who is attending the Francophonie Summit in Madagascar, expressed his deep sorrow at learning of Castro's passing.
His statement offered condolences on behalf of all Canadians and at the same time acknowledged that Castro was "a controversial figure."
Castro was divisive. To some, he was a revolutionary icon. To others, he was a totalitarian dictator. His system of one-man and one-party rule kept him in power for 49 years, the longest of any head of government in the world.
Trudeau also referred to the late president as a "legendary revolutionary and orator."
The prime minister went on to say that "Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation."
"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," the prime minister said.

Backlash to Trudeau's statement

Some, including Trudeau's critics, mocked the prime minister's praise for Castro and tweeted fake eulogies for other polarizing figures using the hashtag #trudeaueulogies.
Maxime Bernier, Quebec MP and a candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada, turned to social media to express his disbelief at Trudeau's tribute.
4/ while he himself amassed a fortune and lived in luxury like all dictators who exploit their people. It's revolting.
"I can't believe our PM is expressing 'deep sorrow' and calling [Castro a] 'legendary revolutionary' and 'remarkable leader,'" Bernier said on Twitter. 
Bernier also called Castro a "despicable dictator who killed and imprisoned thousands of innocents and drove away in exile more than a million."

Trudeau family ties

Trudeau recently travelled to Cuba but was unable to meet with Castro, who had been a friend of his father and served as an honorary pallbearer at Pierre Trudeau's funeral in 2000.
​However, Castro's brother, the current president, was in the front row as the prime minister spoke to students at the University of Havana.
Trudeau said it was a real honour to meet Castro's three sons and his brother while he was in Cuba. 
The Trudeau family has a long history with the Castros.
In January 1976, then prime minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau rankled many when he became the first NATO leader — in fact, the first Western leader — to visit Fidel Castro's Cuba. The two got on famously, developing a close bond that would last for decades after that encounter.

"I know my father was very proud to call him a friend," Trudeau said.