- The Washington Times - Monday, November 28, 2016

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had nothing but praise for Fidel Castro after the Cuban leader’s death, calling him a “larger than life leader” with “tremendous dedication” to the Cuban people.

“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President,” Mr. Trudeau said in a statement Saturday. “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,’” the Liberal Party leader continued. “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.”

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Mr. Trudeau’s statement was met with swift backlash and the popular Twitter hashtag #TrudeauEulogies was born. Many commenters slammed the Canadian leader for ignoring Castro’s dictatorial rule and human rights abuses.

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio called Mr. Trudeau’s comments shameful.

“Is this a real statement or a parody? Because if this is a real statement from the PM of Canada it is shameful & embarrassing,” tweeted Mr. Rubio, whose parents immigrated to the U.S. from Cuba in 1956.

“Disgraceful. Why do young socialists idolize totalitarian tyrants? Castro, Stalin, Mao, Pol Pot — all evil, torturing murderers,” tweeted Mr. Cruz, who was born in Canada and whose father fled Cuba in 1957.

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