After the death of Cuban Dictator Fidel Castro – a man who ruled with an iron fist, suppressed all dissent and opposition, and killed many of his opponents – Justin Trudeau released one of the weakest and most ignorant statements ever made by a Canadian Prime Minister:
Memorable passages included, “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.”
Trudeau also added, “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 doubt those languishing in prison for “political crimes” or the families of those murdered by Castro’s regime were feeling much “Love.”
Trudeau concluded by saying, “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.”
It was a disgraceful statement, completely ignoring the horrendous human rights record of the brutal Castro regime. Trudeau was criticized massively on social media throughout much of the world, and Canadians will not forget his willingness to praise such a terrible man.
Now, a report from the Star shows the federal bureaucracy was in full panic-mode after Trudeau’s comments:
According to the report – based on documents obtained through Access to Information by the Star – the privy council office, the prime ministers office, and the foreign affairs department all scrambled to respond and try to reduce the blow-back from Trudeau’s terrible statement.
They were especially concerned that Canada was seen as ignoring Castro’s record on human rights.
The statement was considered so out-of-step with Canada’s image that some of Canada’s diplomatic missions around the world were told not to share it on their social media accounts.
The normal policy is to share all statements from the Prime Minister, but in the case of Trudeau’s statement, a spokesman for foreign affairs told them, “Regarding the PM’s press release, we are consulting . . . but I would recommend not re-posting it at the moment.”
Even Trudeau’s comment that Castro improved health and education in Cuba came under scrutiny. According to the Star, a journalist from the Washington Post openly questioned the claim in an email, saying “In other words, what data can you point to that shows ‘significant improvements’ in education and healthcare in Cuba now versus pre-revolutionary Cuba. The data I can find is that while the country was once in the top ranks of Latin America, it has fallen steadily behind.”
Trudeau deeply out of step with Canada’s principles
The behind the scenes look at the fallout from Trudeau’s Castro remarks gives you an idea of how out of touch he is, even from the federal bureaucracy. There is something deeply disturbing about an elected leader of a democratic nation showing such affection for those who gained power by force, rather than the consent of the people.
Trudeau is deeply out of step with the core principles of Canadians, and the longer he is in power, the further Canada will be from our true identity and true potential.
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