Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced pushback this weekend after praising Cuban tyrant Fidel Castro after his death.
Trudeau said it was with “great sorrow” that he heard of Castro’s death – a “remarkable leader.” He then went on to praise Cuba’s healthcare and education system.
Here is Trudeau’s full statement:
November 26, 2016
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today 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.”
This didn’t go over well on social media. People mocked his words viciously on the social media site Twitter with the hash tag #trudeulogies and some of the snark bubbled up into the Canadian press.
Justin Trudeau’s video before the Grey Cup football game in Canada was booed loudly by the crowd.
Here’s the video—
Trudeau booed at #GreyCup 💀💀💀 pic.twitter.com/zKMSAizDSP
— Jacob (@6Crawler) November 27, 2016