OTTAWA, Nov 29 — Justin Trudeau will not attend Fidel Castro’s funeral, the Canadian prime minister’s office said yesterday, after he was rebuked for calling the late Cuban strongman and family friend a “remarkable leader”.
Instead, Governor General David Johnston will represent Canada at the commemoration in honour of the former Cuban president in Havana this evening.
Trudeau described Castro after his passing as “a legendary revolutionary and orator”.
His kind words for Castro, however, were sharply criticized by the opposition and American conservatives who said he was praising a cruel dictator.
Pressed on the matter, Trudeau acknowledged the opposition’s concerns, saying: “He certainly was a polarising figure, there certainly were significant concerns around human rights.” — AFP