Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz August 13, 1926 – November 25, 2016
A lot of people died because this man used violence to seize power to become Cuba's dictator. He did it for the same reasons that all tyrants take over, for their huge ego for power, and their twisted ideas about coercive social engineering. He nearly facilitated a war of nuclear missiles. He held power, through an extensive insidious network of community snitches, that fostered family betrayal, and a culture of social lies. Evil ideas bring very bad social consequences. Castro also exported his misery through military exploits. There was no social redeeming value to what the Castro Regime did to Cubans. His legacy should be sorrow for the millions he hurt. Consequently, our Prime Minister got it very wrong.
Open Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau: Honour Castro’s Victims By Not Attending His Funeral
Lisa Raitt MP·
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Prime Minister Trudeau,
To mark the passing of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, you issued a statement in which you referred to Castro as a “larger than life leader” and a “legendary revolutionary” with “tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people”. You issued this statement “on behalf of all Canadians”. Not in my name, Prime Minister. Not in the name of millions of Canadians who have no love for injustice. Canada is one of the greatest free societies in the world.
As our Prime Minister, you must retract this statement and apologize immediately. To quote your statement, which Cubans do you feel have a “deep and loving affection” for Castro? The thousands of dissenters he arrested and executed? The hundreds of thousands who fled Cuba, only to be shot if they returned? The members of the LGBT community whom he had arrested and jailed? The society that he has trapped in poverty for decades? These actions can’t be ignored.
In your statement, you dismissed Castro’s crimes as simply “controversial”. They were not controversial. They were egregious crimes against humanity, and you should be ashamed to give your approval to a brutal regime that exported terror. In the coming days, you will no doubt be invited to Castro’s funeral. I urge you to decline in the strongest terms. Canada must not be seen celebrating the life of a tyrant. The eyes of Canadians are watching you. Will you stand with the millions of oppressed Cubans or side with their oppressor?
Lisa Raitt MP