When news broke that Cuban revolutionary Fidel Castro had died, leaders from around the world put out statements about the controversial president. However, one in particular stood out to Canadians and it was that of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau:
“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.
“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”.
“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. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raúl Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.
“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.”
For some, Trudeau’s statement was too soft on Castro, who thought his words minimized the Castro regime’s human rights violations. Unsurprisingly, they turned to Twitter and got the satirical hastag #TrudeauEulogies going.
Today we bid farewell to Genghis Khan, the former Mongolian leader best known for opening new trade routes to China. #trudeaueulogies
— Don MacLeod (@DonWMacleod) November 26, 2016
While Darth Vader did have his detractors he did create millions of jobs with his innovative infrastructure projects #trudeaueulogies
— Scott McKenzie (@jpsmack8) November 26, 2016
— Brock Bagley (@brockbagley) November 27, 2016
— Fishing With Fredo (@FishingwFredo) November 27, 2016
Let us remember Jack the Ripper as a great benefactor who worked tirelessly to get female prostitutes off the streets. #trudeaueulogies
— Natalie Faulk (@NatalieFaulk) November 27, 2016
Today we honor Pablo Escabar, a true small business man and unlicensed pharmacist #trudeaueulogies
— Deplorable Bella (@BellaPelosi) November 27, 2016
Against all odds, Charles Manson not only kept his family together, he made sure they achieved most of their squad goals #trudeaueulogies
— Nick Gillespie (@nickgillespie) November 27, 2016
For what it’s worth, after the backlash, Trudeau defended his statement and said he didn’t mean to “minimize the former Cuban leader’s human rights abuses,” according to the CBC.