Justin Trudeau won’t attend Fidel Castro’s funeral

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won’t attend next weekend’s funeral for former Cuban president Fidel Castro, the Prime Minister’s Office has confirmed.

Castro, who seized power in 1959 and controlled the country until 2006 when he relinquished leadership to his brother, died last week at age 90. The funeral service is planned for Sunday

At the request of Trudeau, Gov. Gen. David Johnston will attend a commemoration for Castro in Havana on Tuesday.

Trudeau was widely criticized this weekend for his statement on the passing of the Cuban leader, and some critics had called on him to not attend the funeral.

Castro was at the 2000 funeral of Canada’s former prime minister, Pierre Trudeau, Justin Trudeau’s father.

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