View Full Version : Trudeau: Oh, if you insist. I guess Castro was a dictator

11-28-2016, 04:13 PM
Allahpundit noted portions of this yesterday after the news of Castro’s death first broke, but if you thought Barack Obama’s comments on the dictator were rather milquetoast that was nothing compared to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. After talking about how he was “deeply saddened” at Castro’s passing, he went on to describe how he was a “larger-than-life leader who made significant improvements to Cuba’s education and health-care systems.”

The pushback on that began almost immediately. One of the first out of the gate was Marco Rubio.

Is this a real statement or a parody? Because if this is a real statement from the PM of Canada it is shameful & embarrassing. https://t.co/lFXeqU7Ws0

— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) November 26, 2016

The Toronto Star reported that it wasn’t just criticism from abroad. Right at home in Canada there were opponents of Trudeau lighting into him.

Conservative leadership hopeful Lisa Raitt wrote on Facebook that Trudeau should be ashamed of himself after his remarks.

“With those words, Justin Trudeau has placed himself on the wrong side of history — against the millions of Cubans yearning for freedom. The prime minister should be ashamed of himself. He must retract this statement and apologize,” she wrote.

Others running to be party leader also weighed in, including Maxime Bernier and Kellie Leitch.

It took a while, but the PM seemed to eventually notice that much of the world was rather aghast at his muted response. So when the opportunity came to take some follow-up questions, he made sure to let everyone know that he gets it. (Jerusalem Post)

On Sunday, Trudeau said the statement was simply meant “to recognize the passing of a former head of state” of a country that Canada had longstanding ties with, and not to gloss over unflattering history.

“The fact is Fidel Castro had a deep and lasting impact on the Cuban people,” Trudeau told reporters in a televised news conference at a Madagascar Francophonie summit.

“He certainly was a polarizing figure and there certainly were significant concerns around human rights, that’s something I’m open about and that I’ve highlighted.