Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauEquilibrium/Sustainability — Presented by The American Petroleum Institute — Climate change turning US into coffee country Canadian police: Man assaulted nurse for vaccinating his wife Biden calls for wealthy countries to 'step up' in global vaccination effort MORE on Saturday expressed “deep sorrow” over the passing of Fidel Castro, noting his family's connection to the former Cuban dictator.
“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,” Trudeau wrote in a statement.
Castro’s brother Raul announced his death on Cuban state television Friday.
Trudeau noted that his father, former Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, was “very proud to call him [Castro] a friend.” The younger Trudeau said he met Castro when his father died.
“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.’ ” Trudeau said.
“We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this remarkable leader,” he added.