Try as they might, lie as they might, American leaders have failed over the past 5 decades to convince the Cuban people and most of the world (especially Canada) that the poverty in Cuba is due to its socialist government. Cuba's poverty is the result of a 54-year trade embargo by the United States, an embargo that completely failed to result in an overthrow of the Castro government.
Incidentally, Fidel Castro was not primarily a communist; he was never an ideologue, he wasn't following a socialist ideology ... he was a nationalist. His first concern was Cuba, and his people, and after overthrowing the corrupt US-backed Batista government in 1959, he appealed to the West to support him, to welcome his new government and to help Cuba survive. He was rebuffed by President Kennedy in the US and Canada's Prime Minister, John Diefenbaker, refused to meet with him. Castro's government was forced to accept aid from the Soviet Union in order to survive. Which is the only reason it survived. Things could've been different, if men had been better, wiser, more courageous, and I don't mean Fidel Castro. His courage, his resolve, his dedication to his people, was absolute and unquestionable.
The CIA made hundreds of attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro in Cuba. According to one source, 638 attempts have been documented. They used poisons, exploding cigars (seriously), and they attempted to embarrass him by using a super-hallucinogenic to induce a wild acid trip during a public appearance. They also tried to use a "potent depilatory that would cause his beard, eyebrows, and pubic hair to fall out."
Especially in comparison to his "enemies", Fidel Castro stands tall as a man and a leader.
Canadians are glad they stood by him.
We disagree with the approach the United States has taken with Cuba. We think that our approach is much better – of partnership, of collaboration, of engagement.It's not our job to tell our friends and allies what they should do or shouldn't do. It is our job to make sure we're doing what we know that we should do, that we can do in terms of creating opportunities for Canadians, for Canadian companies, but also opportunities for Cuba to continue to develop, to modernize, to improve in the many areas that it's building success in.___Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the University of Havana,
Wednesday, 16 November 2016