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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wish David Johnson has enough guts to tell Trudeau to his face this was a horrible idea for him to go down to cuba and honour Castro in Canada's name ?

but I don't see him being the type to do so .

I can't believe Canada is sending an official representative to a ceremony that honours someone like Fidel Castro

I though democracy and human rights mattered in Canada ?

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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 1:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Justin Trudeau's Brand Sinks on Castro Comments

Jeff John Roberts
November 28, 2016, 9:15 AM EST

So much for that perfect image.

For the longest time, it felt Justin Trudeau could do no wrong. Even as political leaders across the west fell out of favor, Canada’s handsome Prime Minister remained a popular symbol of liberal ideas. Until this weekend.

On Saturday, Trudeau tweeted out a statement on Fidel Castro, expressing his “deep sorrow” about the death of the Cuban dictator and describing him as “a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century.”

Trudeau added Castro, who was a friend of his late father, was a “controversial figure” but also said the Cuban people would maintain a “deep and lasting affection for el Comandante.” He concluded it was a “real honour” to meet Castro’s family on a recent visit.

The reaction was scorching. Social media lit up with a satiric hashtag #TrudeauEulogies in which posters imagined Trudeau’s farewells to other tyrants:

Meanwhile, politicians across the globe piled on, including Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), a Cuban-American from Miami:

Back in Canada, Trudeau’s remarks didn’t go over much better. The country’s national magazine, Maclean’s, described the episode as “Trudeau’s turn from cool to laughing stock” and said the comments exposed the Prime Minister’s “foreign policy vacuity.” Worse, it appeared to puncture a carefully cultivated public image:

“Trudeau made himself synonymous with Canada. He made Canada cool again. It was fun while it lasted.

By the early hours of Saturday morning, Havana time, Trudeau was an international laughing stock. Canada’s “brand,” so carefully constructed in Vogue photo essays and Economist magazine cover features, seemed to suddenly implode into a bonspiel of the vanities, with humiliating headlines streaming from the Washington Post to the Guardian, and from Huffington Post to USA Today.

Even left-leaning outlets in Canada and elsewhere appeared uncomfortable with Trudeau’s remarks.

In response to the controversy, Trudeau attempted to defend his statement on Sunday, conceding that Castro was a dictator, but also reaffirming his original sentiments.

The fuss over the remarks will eventually pass as the media moves on to other issues. But for Trudeau, the Castro comment is likely to be remembered as a permanent tarnish on a once-beautiful brand


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PostPosted: Mon Nov 28, 2016 2:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Kelly McParland: What Liberal Canada needs is more Castro, apparently

Kelly McParland | November 28, 2016 12:06 PM ET
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Former prime minister Pierre Trudeau looks on as Cuban President Fidel Castro gestures during a visit to a Havana housing project in this Jan. 27, 1976 photo.

Fred Chartrand / Canadian PressFormer prime minister Pierre Trudeau looks on as Cuban President Fidel Castro gestures during a visit to a Havana housing project in this Jan. 27, 1976 photo. .

Given a choice between saying something nice about his Dad’s Cuban pal, and defending the values of democracy and human rights, Justin Trudeau picked the wrong one.

He went with “el Comandante” – the captain, the commander – one of the appellations accorded Cuba’s Fidel Castro during the 50+ years in which treated his country like a personal political project, impoverishing millions while pursuing a self-defeating confrontation with Washington.

“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,” noted the Prime Minister. “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’ ”.

The Liberal government’s handling of foreign affairs has been perplexing since the day it took power
There probably are Cubans who retain a deep and lasting affection for Castro, just as there are those who think Manuel Noriega and Anastasio Somoza were also swell guys, if a bit misunderstood. But it’s unlikely you’d find many of them among the tens of thousands of Cubans who risked their lives to flee the country in rickety little boats, heading for the shores of the U.S. where they could have all those things Castro wouldn’t permit: freedom, rights, prosperity, the ability to live without fear of being clapped in jail for offending “the maximum leader” or one of his legions of security police. In the months ending in September 2014 alone, 25,000 Cubans arrived in the U.S. without legal papers, seeking asylum from Pierre Trudeau’s great and good friend Fidel. Miami and its environs are filled with Cubans delighted to live outside Castro’s Cuba; many of them celebrated his demise and the hope it brings with it of a better, freer Cuba.


AFP / JEKESAI NJIKIZANA Could Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe, 92, be next for an admiring word from the Prime Minister?.

All of this somehow passed beneath the radar of the Prime Minister as he reflected on the passing of Cuba’s “legendary” leader and the great benefits he brought to the country he seized by armed force and refused ever to let slip from his grasp. He “made significant improvements to the education and healthcare” of Cuba, which is true enough but could be said of any number of western democratic leaders in the decades since Castro seized power, but who, unlike him, didn’t consider it earned them a job for life.

Considerable sport has been made of Trudeau’s tribute, but it should probably not come as a surprise that he would be so blundering in his judgment. The Liberal government’s handling of foreign affairs has been perplexing since the day it took power and put the notably mild-mannered Stephane Dion in charge of the file.

Dion has made it a priority to improve relations with all those foreign leaders who found it cumbersome doing business with Harper and his Conservatives, chief among them Russia, China and Iran, none of which enjoyed the warmth and affection of an understanding Ottawa while Harper was in charge. Dion, with Trudeau’s support, has set out to repair the damage. Moscow, lately seen launching a renewed air assault on the battered civilian population of Aleppo, has been notified that Canada is keen on warmer ties. Beijing, whose foreign minister used a visit to Ottawa to berate Canadian journalists for daring to ask him about human rights, has been treated to repeated signals that the Liberals are quite willing to ignore such things. Just recently the Prime Minister underlined that fact by attending a gathering of Chinese billionaires willing to pay for the chance to lobby him, one of whom – no doubt from kind-heartedness alone – kicked in $1 million for a statue of Trudeau’s father. Weeks earlier, another group of wealthy Chinese entrepreneurs toured the country in search of investments to add to their portfolio. Evidently, to Liberals, more China is just what Canada needs, even if Beijing is simultaneously threatening to destabilize Asia by seeking hegemony throughout the South China Sea.


AFP PHOTO/US COAST GUARD/GREGORY EWALDCubans show their appreciation of the country's human rights record by fleeing for the U.S..

It may bewilder Canadians that Trudeau shows such affection for strongmen, communists, theocrats and presidents-for-life. He comes by it honestly enough, having risen through a Liberal party that swallowed its own myth of Canada as peacemaker and honest broker. In a world where Vladimir Putin can seize Crimea, disrupt Ukraine, shell schools and hospitals in Syria and put nuclear-capable missiles on NATO’s doorstep in Kaliningrad, and still be confident of a firm handshake and understanding words from Stephane Dion, it makes perfect sense to treat Fidel Castro like the beloved patriarch of a grateful nation.

Who knows who may earn an admiring tribute from Trudeau next. Robert Mugabe will be 93 in February, and no one lasts forever….

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