Prime Minister Trudeau, Put Your Hands Up and Step Away From Your Castro Statement


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Notwithstanding the fact that I am a lifelong Liberal Party of Canada voter, a great admirer of the late Pierre Elliott Trudeau and supporter of current Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the latter’s recent statement regarding the passing of Fidel Castro was just plain wrong. I fear the long relationship between the Trudeau family and Castro, who was an honorary pallbearer for Trudeau pere, may have clouded the Prime Minister’s opinion of the Cuban dictator.

… but by wording the statement differently, alluding diplomatically to Castro’s failed policies and hinting at his tyrannical methods, Justin Trudeau could have made strides to shed his father’s shadow.

Perhaps more importantly, the Prime Minister, when issuing the Castro statement, was presented with an opportunity to carve out his own niche rather than being seen as merely following in his father’s footsteps. A statement about a death is rarely the place to make rash pronouncements, but by wording the statement differently, alluding diplomatically to Castro’s failed policies and hinting at his tyrannical methods, Justin Trudeau could have made strides to shed his father’s shadow.

The reaction from the world’s leaders was fast and sweeping; no one it seems was terribly impressed with Prime Minister Trudeau’s lack of condemnation of the Castro dictatorship. The fact that there was not a hint that Castro was anything but a great leader, not even couched in diplomatic-babble, left Trudeau open to the criticism.

The fact that there was not a hint that Castro was anything but a great leader, not even couched in diplomatic-babble, left Trudeau open to the criticism.

This is not a deal breaker when it comes to my continued support of the Liberal Party, nor my general admiration of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Political parties are made up of people, and they have yet to come up with one of those that is perfect. The expression ‘double down’ when referring to a person who not only refuses to back away from a position, but adds to its strength is much overused these days. Rather than double down I hope Trudeau fils will consider backing away from his Castro statement.

Mr Prime Minister, put your hands up and back away from your Castro statement.

Jimmy Carter and Fidel Castro at Pierre Elliott Trudeau’s funeral in Montreal in 2000. GETTY Image
DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DCMontreal on Twitter and on Facebook, and add him on Google+
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4 thoughts on “Prime Minister Trudeau, Put Your Hands Up and Step Away From Your Castro Statement

  1. Garry is still in awe that Castro successfully eliminated illiteracy and made good medical care universal — two goals we down here have yet to achieve. I don’t actually have a real opinion on Castro. He has always been contradictory and confusing.

    • I am always surprised when people refer to Cuba’s health care. My wife is from Venezuela, several years ago that country and Cuba entered into an oil for doctors sort of deal. Venezuela shipped barrels and barrels of oil to Cuba in exchange for doctors. The only problem is that unless in a dire emergency no one will visit a Cuban doctor.Why? Think of all those photos of Havana with cars, trucks and buses from about 1954. Now consider how technologically adept Cuban doctors are!. This may well be due to embargoes placed on Cuba, but the result is the same.

  2. I admit I don’t know much of Castro’s excesses but like Garry, I have always held Cuba in high regard with regards to their education and health care and in many third world countries, his foreign influence is seen as positive. I suspect, Castro would have been a better leader without the pressures from the USSR and USA. Anyway, JT should have chosen his words more carefully. I am also somewhat surprised to see Jimmy Carter’s rather inappropriate smile in your photo above.

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