Why is it that when Mr. Trudeau opens his mouth, the first thing that comes to our mind is “Seriously?”?
Well, apparently Justin was serious. One of his jobs when he meets world leaders is to push for better human rights where they are needed. So, when he praises Fidel Castro, he is praising mass firing squads; poverty; brutality; control over other humans and so much more. Sure Fidel brought education to his country, but he was the sole leader for 50 years (by force), if it wasn’t him, someone else would have done it. We are a GREAT country and we are that way because of our freedoms. Justin praising Fidel just brought our leadership back to the dark ages.
Dear Mr. Trudeau… you need to go, it’s time to quit, you are way over your head. The one big thing that the Conservatives had right during the last election is :”Justin, he’s just not ready”.
This weekend’s death of Cuban dictator Fidel Castro showed the world a different side of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau than the one they’d offered glowing coverage to in media across the globe.
The PM insists on dealing in the currency of selfies, tweets and “sunny ways”. But on this occasion, his positive tone offended many.
Trudeau’s statement on the death of Castro, made while he was travelling abroad in Madagascar, neglected to mention the brutality waged over decades by the Cuban government.
If anything, it leaned towards praising a dictator who brought poverty to his people and ordered thousands of firing squad executions.
“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.”
Then Trudeau went on to reference his father, Pierre Trudeau, who was “very proud to call [Castro] a friend.”
Many across the world couldn’t believe what they read.
“Is this a real statement or a parody?” Cuban-American Republican politician Marco Rubio wrote on social media. “Because if this is a real statement from the PM of Canada it is shameful and embarrassing.”
Many Canadians crossed their fingers and hoped that it was indeed a mistake. But on Sunday, when questioned by media on his statement, Trudeau offered no sign that he believed he had misstepped.
While the PM rightfully acknowledged Castro was a dictator – which he hadn’t in the original statement – that was about it.
Few Cubans or Cuban-Americans are under any delusion that life in the poverty stricken country is going to immediately improve. Yet this moment is still an opportunity for the people to speak in favour of freedom and liberty, which they are doing.
Leaders around the world should be offering their support for Cuba’s downtrodden who demand more. Not kind words for a man who was, to put it mildly, less than kind.
Trudeau would be wise to pay attention to regular Cubans and their advocates.