Justin Trudeau and his “controversial” statement should not be criticized

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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (on the right) and Cuban President Raul Castro during a recent visit to Cuba. Photo: AFP

What Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in his statement of condolences to the late Cuban President Fidel Castro was just fine. Where he erred in judgement might have been to mention his families’ ties but beyond that he was accurate in his statement. In half a century, Fidel Castro (like him or not) built an independent Cuba on his own. The criticism smacks a certain hypocrisy from his detractors at home and abroad. There is much to criticize Trudeau for but not this. The media and his critics should leave the Canadian Prime Minister alone and focus on how he governs his country—something that the Prime Minister has been lagging since taking office in October 2015.

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