Comments made by Prime Minister Trudeau on the Passing of Fidel Castro
November 30, 2016
While it is customary and appropriate for the Prime Minister of Canada to make an official statement on the passing of a world leader, many around the world were surprised by Justin Trudeau’s praise of Mr. Castro and his oppressive regime.
Canada’s reputation has taken a hit as our Prime Minister’s statement drew criticism and humiliating headlines from around the world. Social media exploded over the weekend with satirical eulogies courtesy of Justin Trudeau.
We can look to Conservative Party leader Rona Ambrose for a more appropriate statement where she concluded, “Canada and the Cuban people have had a long and warm friendship over many years. With today’s news, my hope is that a brighter day will be coming for the Cuban people, where they may live in freedom and where democracy, human rights, and the rule of law are enshrined.”
This is the type of statement a REAL leader makes when commenting on the death of a former tyrant. Our Prime Minister should have simply recognized Mr. Castro’s passing, acknowledged the decades of suffering that the Cuban people have endured and then pointed to the brighter future ahead for the country, where freedom and democracy now have an opportunity to take root.
Mr. Trudeau did none of that, and Canada’s reputation has taken a step back because of it.