Trudeau expresses 'deep sorrow' over Castro's death

Trudeau expresses 'deep sorrow' over Castro's death
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin TrudeauJustin Pierre James TrudeauTrump's antics shouldn't overshadow what he has accomplished in NATO O'Malley shares photo of him with Trudeau: 'We laugh' at Trump too Conway: Video of Trudeau gossiping about Trump was 'childish' MORE on Saturday expressed “deep sorrow” over the passing of Fidel Castro, noting his family's connection to the former Cuban dictator.

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“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.