Fidel Castro, Dead at 90

Fidel CastroFidel Castro was 90. He was the Cuban politician who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008.

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Johnny Ola

"Governed" is a very interesting choice of verb.

November 26, 2016 @ 11:59 AM

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@Johnny Ola

As I read in the BBC obit, "His supporters said he had given Cuba back to the people. Critics saw him as a dictator."

November 26, 2016 @ 12:11 PM

Johnny Ola

No kidding. I can't tell whether Betty White or Walter White died.

November 26, 2016 @ 12:40 PM

Rob J

Fun Fact: Dodger Hall of Famer and 2-time World Series champion manager Tommy Lasorda was in Cuba during both the Bautista and Castro revolutions.

November 26, 2016 @ 1:21 PM

Rick C in Oakville

Embarrassing comments from our PM, Castro was a dictator, and many suffered by his actions.

November 26, 2016 @ 10:04 PM


My sentiments too Rick C. To say all Canadians offer their condolences is presumptuous and arrogantly wrong. We all know the past relationship his dad had with Castro & that's probably where he is coming from. Fine, but u don't speak for all Canadians.

Like Reagan, JR was given the role of a lifetime, pretending to be PM. If it wasn't for 10 years of that curmudgeon Harper, don't think JR would of got this chance.

& speaking of JR, what is with these donations to the Trudeau Foundation from these Chinese billionaires. JR is acting like Clinton 2.0. Hopefully the media take him to task. This stinks big time.

November 27, 2016 @ 2:44 PM

M Doucette

The comments are really no different than what PM Harper said when King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia died last year. At least PM Trudeau made the statement out of sincerity, and not as some political/business motive in the middle of a $15 Billion armored car deal with a royal family and country that has a horrible history of human rights violations

November 28, 2016 @ 9:02 AM


Trudeau's comments may be more of personal reflections and he should not have been speaking for Canada...but how many Canadians have vacationed in Cuba over the years oblivious to the world outside their resorts

November 29, 2016 @ 9:13 AM


Good point, Wayne. The current "leader" of Canada definitely does not speak for me, and certainly not "all Canadians", particularly on this issue. Many friends and neighbours have gone to Cuba. Most said it's "nice", some said it was limiting in some form (food quality/variety, drink, mobility, shopping), all have said it's cheap. Personally, I refuse to go to Cuba until all Cubans live in a free democracy, not a dictatorship, regardless of how inexpensive a trip there might be.

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