Trudeau starting to embarrass Canada
By Harvey Oberfeld
Keeping It Real…
Tuesday December 13, 2016
Readers of this blog know I am an avid traveler … but what you probably do not know is that I always refused to visit Cuba during the rule of Fidel Castro.
Even though hundreds of thousands Canadians over many decades took advantage of cheap holidays and Cuba’s wonderful beaches, fine European-built resorts, the friendly welcome by the Cuban people …. and the chance to vacation in a boorish-American-free zone … I never went.
I just could not enjoy holidaying in a state where no freedom of the press existed, where journalists were imprisoned … somtimes for years … and where any outspoken community activists who dared top criticize were regularly rounded up, imprisoned and where regime opponents executed by the thousands.
In fact, on my most recent cruise, the ship stopped in Turkey … and again, I stayed aboard for these same reasons: how could I … a retired political journalist and an outspoken blogger … enjoy the sites of a country where dozens of newspapers have been padlocked by the government, where thousands of journalists, writers, teachers etc. have been rounded up under the orders of an increasingly fascist dictator.
But apparently, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has no such moral qualms.
Trudeau, it seems, will pose for a selfie with anyone; smilingly rub shoulders at the UN with ambassadors from some of the worst evil dictatorships that debase their own citizens (especially women, gays, poets and democratic activists); and even sing the praises of Fidel Castro … despite his bloody record of thousands of imprisoned/executed activists during his decades of iron fisted dictatorial rule.
“It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba’s longest serving President.,” Canada’s Prime Minister said in a statement after Castro died.
“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.”
A total disgrace that must have dismayed the families of those in Cuba who have been locked up or shot for DARING to express themselves, their ideas or take or advocate any actions … even basic democratic rights … the Castro government didn’t like.
Of course, once Trudeau’s tobacco ash hit the fan … he modified his stance/remarks … but the damage was already done.
Trudeau’s ignorance, immaturity and inexperienced actions embarrassed Canada and made our Prime Minister look like a “B” Grade leader on the world scene.
And not much better at home lately.
I won’t go over the details of the Liberal government’s (Trudeau’s) handling of electoral reform … but suffice it to say it’s a disaster!
The CBC’s Rex Murphy summed up the Trudeau Liberals handling of both issues best: http://www.cbc.ca/news/opinion/rex-murphy-liberals-electoral-reform-survey-1.3889002.
Time for Trudeau to take fewer selfies, wooing the starstruck and spend more time learning his real job … and the responsibilities that go with it.
Original Story HERE