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Date I Date : 28 novembre, 2016

Time I Henre :10h26

Network I Chaine :RDI

Topics Discussed I Snjets discntes: Pl\1JT/Fidel Castro

\Vrth I Avec : Stephane Dion

Mario Dmnont, animateur : ministre des affaires etrangeeres Stephane Dion est avec nons. Bonjour.

Stephane Dion, ministre des affaires etrangeres :Bonjour.

Dmnont: Padez-nons de Ia reaction premieere de votre che( Justin Trudeau, qui a rendn hommage aa Fidel
Castro le dictateur avec un manque de nuances. Est-ce que vons interpretee comme <;a?

Dion: Non. Si vons regardez la reaction de la plupart des dlrigeants a travers le monde, la journee dn deces
de monsieur Castro, les commentaire ont ete en general positif. C'est a dire qu'on essaie de sortir des annees
80 ce qui s'est fait dn bien et d'insister davantage la-dessns. C'est tres courant meme dans nos relations
personnelles. Quand quelqu'un des cette parmi nos proches on nons connaissance, on essaie d'insister surtout
sur ce qui est positi Mais bien siir que monsieur Trudeau est determine a aider les Cubains a se reconcilier, a
travailler ensemble, pour avoir une societe democratique qui respecte les droits de Ia personne, une societe de
Ia hberte, et on va tout faire pour les aider en ce sens.

Dmnont : Dans les commentaires de monsieur Trudeau, plusieurs dont mois ont sursante en voyant !'aspect on
i1 est feticite la dnree de fonds mandat, qu'il avait ete Ia prendre longtemps, une contribution qui s'est etire sur
plusienrs decennies. Ce n' est pas un peu ridicule dans la mesure on la dnree des mandats, on ignore pas
d' opposition, quand il n'y a pas de droits la critique, il n'y a pas vraiment d' elections democratiques avec des
parties divers qui font des offres cliverses, Ia dnree devient le resultat de Ia clictature.

Dion: Quand meme. Dans Ia declaration, i1 souligne un fait. nne dis pas que c'est une bonne chose. n souligne
simplement un fait Le fait que c'est un personnage qui a marque le 20 e siecle et qu'il y a en une longue dnree.
ll ne en fait les sites pas dans les declarations. ll faut s'en tenir a la declaration, pas a Ia fa~ on dont nos amis
conservateur font une espece de snrenchere et on deformer la declaration. Mais la declaration elle-meme
souligne demit. Je pense que Philippe Couillard Ia bien note lui-meme. Et en plus la declaration invitent les
Cnbains atravailler ensemble pour avoir un meiJleur pays. C'est <;a qu'on doit faire maintenant ll faut aider les
Cnbains. Et on y arrivera pas si on les encourage an contraire qu'a se disputer quant au passe, a renforcer les
antagonisme dn passe. Maintenant, i1 faut bonger enfants [---] n faut bouger ensemble vers un meiJleur avenir
pour les enfants.

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Dumont: Dans le magazine mclean's ce matin i1 y a un texte assez dure l'endroit de monsieur Trudeau, qui
a
dit qu'il est passe au niveau de son image intemationale d'un leader cool la risee.

Dion : Au contraire. Monsieur Trudeau va eetre en bonne situation pourrait aider les Cubains aller dans la
bonne direction. C'est des Cubains qui vont le faire, bien siliir, les Canadiens peuvent laisser des parce qu'on
a etabli des liens forts avec Cuba, 2 peuples aa
peuple. Les Canadiens connaissent [---] Les Canadiens
connaissent bien Cuba, ils sont nombreux aay aller. Et on va pouvoir baatir laa-dessus pour voir que! roole
positif on peut y jouer dans la reforme qui sont necessaires. fai ecouter un p eu votre invite precedent et i1 a
raison, les reformes sont trop lente et i1 faut voir comment vous pourriez accetere, aider les Cubains allait
a
accelerer, parce qu'on ne peut pas le faire leur place.

Dumont : Vous parlez de la politique canadienne qui n' a jamais voulu is ole Cuba. On ne peut pas s'empecher
de regarder notre voisin du Sud Barack Obama qui avait entrepris tout une demarche d' ouverture qui semble
etre maintenant sur la corde raide. Donald Trump a tenu des propos un pen contradictoire sur la question,
encore apres le deces de Fidel Castro. ll semblait dire qu'il voulait mettre sur la glace rechauffement des
relations. Vous voyez c;a comment? Comment vous allez envisagee [---] Est-ce que vous voulez

Dion: Nous, on n'a jamais suivi cette politique americaine,le Canada. Tant sousles conservateur que sons les
gouvemements hberaux, on a estime que c'etait une mauvaise resides et qu' on allait travailler avec Cuba. Non
pas parce qu'on approuve le regime de Cuba. Bien siir que non. on voulait la democratie pour Cuba. Mais
parce que isole un pays est rarement une bonne solution. Si on veut que les chases bouge dans les bonnes
solutions, dans la bonne direction, il faut etablir un contact direct Des relations :franche, avec monsieur
Chretien, avec monsieur Trudeau hier, ils avaient discours tres franc avec Fidel Castro pour montrer leur
desaccord Mais isole un pays et une erreur et le Canada a bien fait de ne pas aller dans cette direction.

Dumont: Qu'est-ce que l'alena est menacee? Est- ce que vous etes inquiets des premiers mois de
!'administration de monsieur Donald Tromp, en tant que ministre des affaires etrangeres?

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Dion : On ne veut pas commence et declaration maintenant non plus. On va etre pret travailler avec le
president que les Americains viennent de choisir. On va travailler avec le president qui s'en vient, Donald etre,
de fac;on tres constructive, dans !'interet des Canadiens et du role que l'on peut jouer avec les Americains
dans le monde.

Dumont: Mais vous ne sentait pas que ses positions menace nos intereets?

Dion : On va essayer de faire valoir le plus clairement possible aa


que! point le commerce que nous avons
etablie sur une base continental, mais surtout avec les Americains, et positiftant pour le peuple americain que
pour les Canadiens. On va faire voir <;a avec beaucoup de conviction.

Dumont : Et vous n' eetes pas pessi:miste? La belle atmospheere qui n~egne, la belle entente qui reegne lors du
passage de monsieur Trudeau 1a maison-blanche, accueillis par le president Obama, vous pourrez me dire que
j'ai tort demons impression et c'est bien des gens autour de moL c'est que si on faisait ~ aa
la maison-blanche
aujourd'hui ou au printemps prochain. avec Donald Tromp, il n'y aurait pas la meeme chaleur. C'est posstble
ou bien monsieur Trudeau va recreer le meeme jour d'amitie avec Donald Trump?

Dion: On s'y est quandmeeme prepares. On savait que !'administration Obama allait s'est termine en janvier
prochain. Ce n'etait pas une nouvelle. Maison estimait, je pense qu'on a eu raison. que plus on pomtait enfer
avec monsieur Obama et son equipe, mieux c;a sera pour relancer les chases avec la nouvelle administration
americaine. Parce qu'il est toujours plus difficile de faire des chases quand elles n'ont pas ete entamees. Done
on est contents de ce qu'on areussi aa obtenir avec !'administration Obama, et sur cette lancee on va voir
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Dmnont: Merci beaucoup. Stephane Dion. On va s'arreeter pour une pause. Au retour. on parle toujours de
ses declarations de Justin Trudeau qui font jaser.

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From: Doust, Stephen -NDB


Sent: November 28, 2016 6:30 PM
To: Verbiwski, David -HAVAN -TD
Cc: Foss, Karen -HAVAN -GR; Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN -HOM/CDM; Moser, Eliane -NDS;
Gudinskas, Lukas -NLA; Sutton, Brendan -NDB; Zaldivar, Allisson -NDB; Berard, Isabelle-
NDD; Paradis, Mylene -NDB; Koenig, Erin -NGM
Subject: RE: Commemoration Ceremony for Former Cuban President Fidel Castro - High Level
Details

Thanks David.

I note too that HAVAN feels there will not be time for bilats.

SD

From: Verbiwski, David -HAVAN -TD


Sent: November-28-16 6:26PM
To: Doust, Stephen -NDB; Berard, Isabelle -NDD; Paradis, Mylene -NDB; Koenig, Erin -NGM; Sutton, Brendan -NDB;
Zaldivar, Allisson -NDB
Cc: Foss, Karen -HAVAN -GR; Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN -HOM/CDM
Subject: Commemoration Ceremony for Former Cuban President Fidel castro - High Level Details

On Tuesday Nov 29, a public ceremony will take place to commemorate former Cuban President Fidel Castro that will
include international participation. Over 60 countries are expected to participate.

For the commemoration ceremony of former Cuban President Fidel Castro, the Canadian delegation will be as follows:

Government of Canada Participants travelling from Ottawa:

1. Governor General
2. Stephen Wallace, Secretary to the Governor General
3. Capt Alexandre Lanteigne-Voyer, Aide de camp
4. MCpl Vincent Carbonneau, Official Photographer
5. Duncan Mousseau, Director Policy and Planning for the Governor General
6. Julie Rocheleau, Press Officer
7. Sgt. Louis Brousseau, Personal Security Officer
8. Andree Lachance, XDV Protocol

This list does not include 3 air marshalls, 3 RCMP security and 4 air crew. XDV, RCMP and Air Marshalls are already on
the ground in Cuba as of Sunday evening I early Monday morning.

Government of Quebec participants:

1.

2.
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Other Canadians of note who have indicated they will participate as appropriate (it is yet undetermined how non-state
actors will participate):

1.
2.
3.
4.

The Governor General and delegation will be travelling on the Challenger aircraft on the following agenda:

Departure from Ottawa at 12:10 arriving in Havana at 15:29.


Departure from Havana at 22:10 arriving in Ottawa at 01:29

The ceremony is to take place in the Plaza de Ia Revolucion at 19:00 hours. At this point, details on the event, how it will
unfold or duration are unknown.

David Verbiwski
Counsellor (Commercial) 1 Conseiller (Affaires commerciales)

Embassy of Canada 1Ambassade du Canada


david. verbiwski@international.gc.ca
Tel: (+53-7) 204-2516 ext.3893350
Calle 30 #518 esq. a 7ma
Miramar
La Habana, Cuba

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From: Rocheleau~ Julie <Julie.Rocheleau@gg.ca>


Sent: November 28, 2016 11:31 AM
To: Foss, Karen -HAVAN -GR; Cloutier, Annabelle
Cc: Mousseau, Duncan; Lachance, Andree -XDV; LeClair, Guyleme -HAVAN -GR; Domanski,
Anna Lise -HAVAN -GR; Verbiwski, David -HAVAN -TD; Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN-
HOM/CDM
Subject: FW: CNW Group Release Confirmation - Governor General to Attend a Commemoration
in Honour of Fidel Castro

Please note that changes were made before the news release was distributed through CNW and Parliamentary Press
Gallery.

From: CNW Group [mailto:approvemtl@newswire.ca]


Sent: 28 November, 2016 11:27
To: Rocheleau, Julie
Subject: CNW Group Release Confirmation - Governor General to Attend a Commemoration in Honour of Fidel Castro

Transmitted At: 2016-11-28 11:27


http://www.newswire.ca/en/releases/archive/November2016/28/c6318.html

Governor General to Attend a Commemoration in Honour of Fidel


Castro
OTTAWA, Nov. 28, 2016 /CNW/- At the request of the Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, His
Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, will travel to Havana, Cuba, to attend a
commemoration in honour of former President Fidel Castro, at the Plaza de Ia Revoluci6n, on Tuesday, November 29,
2016, at 7 p.m.

SOURCE Governor General of Canada

For further information:

Media information: Julie Rocheleau, Rideau Hall Press Office, 613-998-7280, www.gg.ca

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From: Racicot, Kristine -LCB


Sent: November 26, 2016 12:58 PM
To: Morrison, David -NGM; Berard, Isabelle -NOD; Doust, Stephen -NOB; Paradis, Mylene -
NOB
Cc: MacKillop, Ken -LCM; Flannery, Lorraine -LCB; Mojsej, Charles -LCD; Galligan, Gregory -
LCF
Subject: Re: URGENT REQUEST: Visas for media travelling to CUba

David,

oMlNA just advised us that MINA will be doing the interview tomorrow morning with Radio-Canada.

Regards,

Kristine Racicot
Spokesperson I Porte-parole
Global Affairs Canada I Affaires mond iales Canada
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From: Racicot, Kristine -LCB
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2016 12:20 PM
To: Morrison, David -NGM; Berard, Isabelle -NDD; Doust, Stephen -NOB; Paradis, Mylene -NOB
Cc: MacKillop, Ken -LCM; Flannery, Lorraine -LCB; Mojsej, Charles -LCD; Galligan, Gregory -LCF
Subject: RE: URGENT REQUEST: Visas for media travelling to CUba

Will do. Many thanks for your help with this.

I also wanted to follow up on the Radio-Canada request for an interview with HoM Parisot, in that we are
recommending this be declined and that we refer to the PM statement for the time being. I am also doing a
signals check with PCO.

Regards,
Kristine

From: Morrison, David -NGM


Sent: November-26-16 12:02 PM
To: Racicot, Kristine -LCB; Berard, Isabelle -NDD; Doust, Stephen -NDB; Paradis, Mylene -NDB
Cc: MacKillop, Ken -LCM; Flannery, Lorraine -LCB; Mojsej, Charles -LCD; Galligan, Gregory -LCF
Subject: Re: URGENT REQUEST: Visas for media travelling to CUba

Hi Kristine. Perhaps you could contact him to get the name I contacts of the person in the Emb that will deal with the
visas. You can refer to my call with him. Tks.

From: Racicot, Kristine -LCB


Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2016 11:49 AM
To: Morrison, David -NGM; Berard, Isabelle -NOD; Doust, Stephen -NOB; Paradis, Mylene -NOB
Cc: MacKillop, Ken -LCM; Flannery, Lorraine -LCB; Mojsej, Charles -LCD; Galligan, Gregory -LCF
Subject: Re: URGENT REQUEST: Visas for media travelling to Cuba

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Thank you. Just want to confirm that he doesn't mind individual media organizations reaching out to him?

Kristine Racicot
Spokesperson I Porte-parole
Global Affairs Canada I Affaires mondiales Canada
613-884-4522

From: Morrison, David -NGM


Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2016 11:38 AM
To: Racicot, Kristine -LCB; Berard, Isabelle -NDD; Doust, Stephen -NDB; Paradis, Mylene -NDB
Cc: MacKillop, Ken -LCM; Flannery, Lorraine -LCB; Mojsej, Charles -LCD; Galligan, Gregory -LCF; Racicot, Kristine -LCB
Subject: Re: URGENT REQUEST: Visas for media travelling to Cuba

Spoke with Cuban Ambassasor Garmendia. They are more than willing to facilitate the rapid issuance of Visas for CDN
journalists.

\Ambassador's email is: 'Ci>embacubacanada.ne~


LHis cell for text or voice is 1 ]
He will presumably direct you to appropriate people whi can issue the visas.

Tks.

David

From: Racicot, Kristine -LCB


Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2016 11:17 AM
To: Morrison, David -NGM; Berard, Isabelle -NDD; Doust, Stephen -NDB; Paradis, Mylene -NDB
Cc: MacKillop, Ken -LCM; Flannery, Lorraine -LCB; Mojsej, Charles -LCD; Galligan, Gregory -LCF; Racicot, Kristine -LCB
Subject: URGENT REQUEST: Visas for media travelling to Cuba

Good morning,

oM INA is seeking advice on whether or not we can help facilitate the quick processing of visas for Canadian media
wanting to travel to Cuba? Grateful for a response as soon as possible.

Regards,
Kristine

Kristine Racicot
Spokesperson, Media Relations I Porte--parole, Relations avec Ies medias (LCBR)
Global Affairs Canada 1 Affaires mondiales Canada
Government of Canada I Gouvernement du Canada
kristine.racicot@internationaLgc.ca
Office: 343-203-1720
Cell: 613-884-4522

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From: Berard, Isabelle -NDD


Sent: November 26, 2016 3:22 PM
To: Paradis, Mylene -NDB; Doust, Stephen -NOB
Subject: Re: funeral planning for former president Castro

Mission ou Roy?

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From: Paradis, Mylene -NDB
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2016 3:15PM
To: Berard, Isabelle -NDD; Doust, Stephen -NDB
Subject: RE: funeral planning for former president Castro

Les relations fed-prov n'auront pas l'info- nous sommes leur point de contact sur Cuba- c'est quand meme mardi. Je
suggere de verifier avec Ia mission si on peut partager !'info.

From: Berard, Isabelle -NDD


Sent: November-26-16 3:12PM
To: Paradis, Mylene -NDB; Doust, Stephen -NDB
Subject: Fw: funeral planning for former president Castro

Une question de processus: qu 'est-ce qu'on dit au MRI? On leur conseille d'entrer en contact avec le point
focal pour les relations fed-prov? lis sont sous !'impression que les funerailles sont le 4 decembre. Le message
ci-dessous change les plans mais je ne suis pas sure que nous soyons en mesure de partager l'info. Votre avis
svp.

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Rogers network.


From: Norton, Roy -XDD <Roy.Norton@international.gc.ca>
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2016 2:36 PM
To: 'Mousseau, Duncan'
Cc: Hudson, Andrea -XDV; Lachance, Andree -XDV; 'Zerucelli, John'; Hannaford, John; Berard, Isabelle -NDD; Morrison,
David -NGM
Subject: FW: funeral planning for former president Castro

Duncan:
The detailed message below to Ambassador Parisot pretty much lays out the scenario. In sum:
a) The funeral ceremony will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 7 pm in Havana; it is expected to last 90-120
minutes
b) Foreign leaders w ill have the opportunity to pay homage at the Jose Marti Memorial on Tues the 29th from 9-12
in the morning, or the day before {Monday, the 28th) between 9 in the morning and 10 at night
c) The ceremonies next weekend (Dec. 3-4) in Santiago-de-Cuba are for domestic audiences only

Obviously, this significantly changes the nature of the 'ask' (in terms of His Excellency's potential availability). I'm
accessible by e-mail if you have any news.

Roy

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De: LeClair, Guylime -HAVAN -GR


Envoye: Saturday, November 26, 2016 01:47PM
A: Parisot, Patrick -HAYAN -HOM/COM
Cc: Foss, Karen -HAVAN -GR; Domanski, Anna Lise -HAVAN -GR; Doust, Stephen -NOB; Sutton, Brendan -NOB; Dube,
Marie-Josee -HAVAN -AG; Gagnon, Lianne -HAVAN -AG
Objet : funeral planning for former president Castro

Ambassador Parisot,

I am following up on our brief conversation. Here are the most relevant information for the planning of the funeral as
explained by head of department of Ceremonies

1- The main event for which foreign attendance is expected is the ceremony of the masses at the Plaza de Ia
Revolucion on Tuesday November 29 at 7PM. The ceremony will last from 1h30 to 2h but transportation to and
from the Plaza will be a challenge due to size of crowds and number of foreign dignitaries in attendance.
2- The activities planned in Santiago de Cuba the 3rd and 4th of December are focused on a domestic aud ience and
not an international one. No foreign attendance is currently planned.
3- It is expected that foreign leaders will present their condolences and pay homage at the Jose Marti Memorial of
the Plaza de Ia Revolucion between 9-22h on the 28th or 9-12h on the 29th along the Cuban public (with VIP
access, of course). Cuban protocol will ensure that an appropriate government representative is present to
receive the condolences once we advise of precise timing of the Canadian delegation. However, it is not
guaranteed that president Castro himself wou ld be present.
4- A private meeting may be requested to present homage but is not guaranteed especially in the afternoon of
November 29.
5- MIN REX is asking that Canada provide information on it s Canadian delegation as early as possible. The level
of the head of delegation has an important logistical impact as it affects the level of security required as well as
the number of accommodations required for the advance team. MIN REX is now controlling the distribution of
hotel rooms in the already limited high level hotels of the city for the upcoming days. It will be difficult to secure
rooms.
6- Due to amount of requests and attendance of international leaders, MIN REX will likely not be able to
accommodate all requests for landings, transport, security and accommodations. Flexibility is
expected. MIN REX will reply to diplomatic note requests once it has a better sense of the incoming visitors.
7- MINREX should be sending a diplomatic note to all embassies today to confirm this information and provide
directions.

Guylene Le Clair
Premiere Secretaire 1 First Secretary 1Primera Secretaria
guylene.leclair@international.gc.ca
tel: (53-7) 204-2516 ext. 389 3256
www.cuba.gc.ca
Calle 30 No. 518 esquina a 7ma, Miramar, La Habana, Cuba
a
Ambassade du Canada Cuba 1 Canadian Embassy in Cuba 1 Embajada canadiense en Cuba
Gouvernement du Canada 1 Government of Canada
Gouvernement Government
du Canada of Canada Canada

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From: Domanski, Anna Lise -HAVAN -GR


Sent: November 28, 2016 6:23 PM
To: Foss, Karen -HAVAN -GR; Sutton, Brendan -NDB
Cc: Doust, Stephen -NDB
Subject: Fw: PMJT/CANADA-CUBA/RIGHTS/PS MINA: [TRANSCRIPT & UNK] Trudeau's Castro
Comments Outcry

FYI, more similar language. What is the origin?

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Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 5:33PM
Subject: PMJT/CANADA-CUBA/RIGHTS/PS MINA: [TRANSCRIPT & LINK] Trudeau's castro Comments Outcry

Transcript (closed captioning)


Trudeau's Castro Comments Outcry
CBC Power & Politics
November 28, 2016 5:05PM
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Garnett Genuis, Saskatchewan Conservative MP: When will the prime minister stand up, apologize to the victims of
this brutal regime, and finally express his solidarity with the Cuban people?

Hon. Stephane Dion, Minister of Foreign Affairs: The Cuban people have different views about that. Indeed, Mr.
Speaker, and the only way to help them to move on in order to have an improved society with freedom and democracy
is to not antagonize about the fact my colleagues want to do. It's to focus on the future.

Rosemary Barton, Anchor: Prime Minister Trudeau will not attend Fidel Castro's funeral. The former Cuban president
died on Friday at age 90. He ruled over the communist state for nearly 50 years. Trudeau is now facing international and
domestic criticism for his official statement on Castro's death. In it, he expressed "Deep sorrow". He called Castro a
"Legendary revolutionary and orator." A "Remarkable leader" who was "Larger than life." While he acknowledged
Castro was controversial, Trudeau says Castro's tremendous dedication and love for the Cuban people were recognized
by supporters and detractors. Was Trudeau's statement appropriate? Joining me now in the foyer of the House of
Commons: Parliamentary secretary to the minister of foreign affairs, Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, foreign affairs critic Peter
Kent, and NDP house leader Murray Rankin. Congrats on that new gig. That means you have to do everything now. Let's
start with you Pamela Goldsmith-Jones. This statement has been much discussed since it came out while the prime
minister was in Africa. Why did the statement not mention some of Fidel Castro's failings?

Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs: One of the things that have not mentioned in
the opening to this is in his comments, the prime minister did call Fidel Castro a controversial figure, and history will
judge him. But you know, the prime minister also expressed the importance of the ties between Cubans and Canadians.
Our 50-year-long unbroken relationship is precisely why, when the prime minister was in Cuba two weeks ago, he could
raise human rights issues, and we will continue to do that of course, in keeping with our foreign policy, which applies to
all countries, of championing human rights.

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Rosemary Barton, Anchor: Why was it important to mention progress that Fidel Castro made with the health care
system and education system, which I don't think factually you can dispute, but not mention the many human rights
problems that he left.

Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs: On the occasion of his death, Prime Minister
Trudeau did not expressly do that. But at every occasion before and certainly into the future, we are going to be
championing human rights. Canadians and Cubans share a long history together. That relationship matters to us. As
minister of foreign affairs said today in the House of Commons of course we'll continue to work towards a better future,
rule of law, human rights, democracy, together, with Cubans.

Rosemary Barton, Anchor: Peter Kent, I'm speaking to Mark Entwistle later in the show. He says there's nothing
accurate in Trudeau's statement or depiction of Fidel Castro. Do you disagree? Clearly you do.

Peter Kent, Conservative Foreign Affairs Critic: I do. It was a misconceived, very poorly advised, statement. I know
Mark. I've worked with Mark in Cuba, but I think he's splitting hairs here. And I agree respectfully with minister Dion
who acknowledged that Cubans have very different views on the Castro communist dictatorship. The problem is those
Cubans who disagree with the regime know that if they open their mouths they'll pay a severe penalty. They'll be in jail,
perhaps tortured, perhaps have their meagre property seized. This was a bad call. The prime minister should well have
acknowledged the passing of a long president in our region, in the Americas, but he went far too far, and I think that
statement was coloured less by prime ministerial authority and more by family nostalgia and the romanticism that
young prime minister Trudeau has with his father and sort of in the heady communist 1% associations that they have
experienced on the island of Cuba.

Rosemary Barton, Anchor: I'm sure you're expecting this question, because it's been put out there. When Stephen
Harper was in office, he also put out a statement, he had to put undertake a statement, when the king of Saudi Arabia
died. There was no mention in that statement ofthe many human rights violations in that country.

Peter Kent, Conservative Foreign Affairs Critic: King Abdullah was a moderating force in Saudi Arabia. He gave women
the right to vote in community elections. He allowed women to compete in the Olympics. He was moving in the right
direction, and he was an important ally of Canada and democracy in the Middle East.

Rosemary Barton, Anchor: Fine, but he was hardly perfect. People were still being killed.

Peter Kent, Conservative Foreign Affairs Critic: But I would point you as well to prime minister Harper's statement on
the death of Hugo Chavez, the Venezuelan dictator, who was a protege of Castro's, and the prime minister in that case
offered condolences not to Hugo Chavez but to the long-suffering people of Venezuela under his dictatorship. If Prime
Minister Trudeau was going to go so far in expressing personal sorrow, he should have counterbalanced that by also
expressing sympathy with the victims over the 50 years of Fidel Castro's dictatorship.

Rosemary Barton, Anchor: Fair enough. Murray Rankin, I happened to notice on the weekend a number of NDP MPs,
their statements went much further than Mr. Trudeau's did in terms of potentially glorifying Fidel Castro. What's the
NDP's view on what the prime minister said?

Murray Rankin, NDP House Leader: It's a nuanced view for sure. I think we have a lot of people who respect the
romantic revolutionary, the David against the American goliath, and all of that history. After all, Castro was part of
getting rid of a brutal dictator himself on the Cuban island. So there's a lot of that. But I think others recognize as well
that this Cuban refugees in Canada who point out the human rights abuses that continue to exist in that country. So it's
a much more balanced and nuanced view I think you should have today.

Rosemary Barton, Anchor: Why does it matter, do you think, Mr. Rankin, what Mr. Trudeau said? Why would this
matter to Canadians? Does it run the risk of impacting his relationship on the world stage if there are people like Marco
Rubio, Ted Cruz, Americans who are taking notice of what the prime minister said?

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Murray Rankin, NDP House Leader: I think Canada has had a long-standing relationship that's been pointed out with
the Cuban people which we want to continue. We've had trade; we haven't always followed the American embargo
over the years. We've got substantial Canadian investment in that country. I think it's really important now that Mr.
Trudeau and Canada can make a difference with respect to the new trump regime in the United States. That's where we
can make a difference in a positive way. Talk about human rights for sure but make sure the Cuban people are liberated
and able to continue economically in a positive direction.

Rosemary Barton, Anchor: I'll circle back to you here, Pamela, eventually, but I'll start with Peter Kent first, if I can.
What about that- the fact that this is a country that is trying to come out from under the U.S. Emba rgo and perhaps
that wasn't the moment to point out the problems that have existed.

Peter Kent, Conservative Foreign Affairs Critic: Well, during the ten years of our conservative government, we certainly
engaged constructively with Cuba. We encouraged reform. We encouraged responsible commercial relationships, and
there have been many good instances. But since Fidel stepped down and Raul has taken over, we have seen more
government crackdowns, improper handling of Canadian companies which received awards from Fidel at one time for
being good joint partners. I had a constituent who had $100 million a year company seized, held for three years without
charges, then convicted on trumped-up charges, now deported. We have to be very careful and we have to speak truth
to power and not put commercial objectives over human rights because it is still, you know-- Raul's daughter, Mary-Ella,
is the official patron of the Havana gay pride parade. But no single independent-minded GBLT participants are
acceptable to the regime and they'll go to jail if they protest and raise their voices independently.

Rosemary Barton, Anchor: last word to you, Pamela goldsmith-jones. If the prime minister is willing in a statement
upon the death of Fidel Castro to gloss over many of the human rights, objectionable human rights issues that took
place in his country, what does that tell us about the way this government will reengage with Iran, the conversation that
it is having with Putin? How do we know that he will be taken seriously?

Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs: First of all, when he was in Cuba two weeks ago,
he absolutely raised human rights issues, and we will continue to do that. I'm happy to talk about our government's
leadership with regard to human rights. We opened the office of human rights, freedoms, and inclusion. We tripled the
budget of the previous government. We're going well beyond just a narrow definition which was defined as the office of
religious freedoms from before. We are exceeding the option of protocol against torture, something the former
government failed to do --

Rosemary Barton, Anchor: But given all of those things, wouldn't it have been worthwhile mentioning the other part of
Fidel Castro?

Pamela Goldsmith-Jones, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs: We did. He has. He has, but not at that one
precise moment. We are embarked on -- obviously a path of constructive engagement. We are not shying away from
difficult relationships because we feel that this is the way we hold countries to account. We don't have a black and
white, hot and cold view of the world. We are going to be consistently and constantly championing human rights.

Rosemary Barton, Anchor: I'll leave it there. Thank you all, appreciate the conversation. Pamela goldsmith Jones, Peter
Kent, Murray Rankin, good to see you all. We'll have more on this story next hour when we'll speak with the former
Canadian ambassador to Cuba, Mark Entwistle, with his views on everything.

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From: Flannery, Lorraine -LCB


Sent: November 28, 2016 5:26 PM
To: Galligan, Gregory -LCF; Sutton, Brendan -NDB; Jean, Austin -LCBR
Cc: Doust, Stephen -NDB; O'Shaughnessy, Michael -LCBR; Ospina, Laura -LCFA
Subject: RE: language

And to add- the key messages will be on the WIKI -link to follow

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Subject: RE: language

Missions can decide if they wish to post or not, but I would not send out directions or ask them to post.

Key messages are not to be drawn just from PM statement but from subsequent material that has been developed with
PCO and OM INA to round out initial statement.

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From: Sutton, Brendan -NDB


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Thanks.

Brendan

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From: Jean, Austin -LCBR


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Cc: Doust, Stephen -NDB; Flannery, Lorraine -LCB; O'Shaughnessy, Michael -LCBR; Galligan, Gregory -LCF; Ospina,
Laura -LCFA
Subje ct: RE: language

Looks good. Approved LCB/Fiannery

Adding LCF in case they wish to chime in.

Thanks!
Austin

From: Sutton, Brendan -NDB


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How does this look:

Some missions have asked whether there are instructions regarding re-posting the PM's statement. While some
missions may have re-posted the statement on the PM's website, GAC comms notes that as this is a standard statement
of condolences there is no need for missions that have not already done so to proactively repast.

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From: Paradis, Mylene -NOB


Sent: November 28, 2016 4:54 PM
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Cc: Doust, Stephen -NOB; Sutton, Brendan -NOB
Subject: FW: PM's comment

Transcript

From: Jean, Austin -LCBR


Sent: November-28-16 4:53PM
To: Doust, Stephen -NDB; Guild, Jimena -LCFA; Charlebois, Philippe -LCFA; Ospina, Laura -LCFA; Media Monitoring I
Surveillance Medias (LCBE); Doire, Nicolas -LCBE; Davidson, Eric -LCBE
Cc: Paradis, Mylene -NOB; Sutton, Brendan -NDB; Zaldivar, Allisson -NOB; Khaddaj, Diana -LCBR
Subject: RE: PM's comment

Eric in MM was able to find it. In case there is further follow up required on this, I am copying my colleague Diana who is
on call tonight.

Here is the transcript, as requested:

T ranscript (closed captioning)


Cuba: PM Trudeau's tribute to Fidel Castro is subject to scrutiny
CBC The National
November 27, 201 6 21 :00 PM

CBC- News Network- 9.00 PM- 10:00 PM- Cuba: PM Trudeau's tribute to Fidel Castro is subject to scrutiny

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Wendy: He was a brutal dictator to many. A revolutionary hero to others, Fidel Castro's death has stirred up divisive
reactions around the world. We will see that from our reporters on the ground in Havana and Miami tonight. We begin
with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's complimentary statements about the Cuban leader. Today, he softened that.
Catherine Cullen has the details.

Catherine Cullen: Do you think Fidel Castro was a dictator?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: Yes.

Catherine Cullen: Many who agree given Fidel Castro's repression of his political opponents and his one party system
kept him in power for half a century, the problem for Justin Trudeau is that yesterday, in front of an international audience
of the meeting of Ia Francophonie, he called him a long-time friends of Canada. He called Castro a legend revolutionary
and orator. It doesn't sound like a dictator. In fact, Trudeau noted that he met Castro when his father passed away and
Pierre Trudeau was proud to call Castro a friend. How does that square with this?

Catherine Cullen: Do you think Fidel Castro was a dictator?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: Yes.

Catherine Cullen: And your statement yesterday reflected that?

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: The fact is, Fidel Castro had a deep and lasting impact on the Cuban people. He
certainly was a polarizing figure and there were significant concerns around human rights.

Catherine Cullen: Trudeau said he raised human rights in Cuba meeting with the president. And raises it wherever he
goes. This trip, his first official visit to Africa, he designed expressly to send a message about human rights by highlighting
the rights of girls and women. Even ones that may be controversial.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: That means access to abortions, that means making sure that we are making
contraception available.

Catherine Cullen: He called for equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. Getting much more
international attention and much criticism for his remarks on Castro. Trudeau understands there are people who had very
difficult experiences in Cuba's history. He was not trying to minimize that with his statement. He hopes to smooth over the
controversy today, but it looks like it may follow him back to Canada tomorrow. Catherine Cullen, CBC News.

Austin

From: Jean, Austin -LCBR


Sent: November-28-16 4:27PM
To: Doust, Stephen -NDB; Guild, Jimena -LCFA; Charlebois, Philippe -LCFA; Ospina, Laura -LCFA; Media Monitoring I
Surveillance Medias (LCBE); Nicolas Doire (Nicolas.Doire@international.qc.ca); Davidson, Eric -LCBE
Cc: Paradis, Mylene -NOB; Sutton, Brendan -NOB; Zaldivar, Allisson -NOB
Subject: RE: PM's comment

Media Monitoring,

Do we have this transcript or do we need to get it from PCO?

Many thanks,

A ustin J ean
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Global Affairs Canada 1 Affaires mondiales Canada

From: Doust, Stephen -NOB


Sent: November-28-16 4:24PM
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Cc: Paradis, Mylene -NOB; Sutton, Brendan -NOB; Zaldivar, Allisson -NOB
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Importance: High

Jimena/Austin,

Would you be able to assist with the transcript where the PM referred to Fidel Castro as a "dictator". This was when he
was in Madagascar, I believe. See the comment from Ambassador Parisot in HAVAN below.

Thanks,

Stephen

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From: Berard, Isabelle -NDD


Sent: November-28-16 3:54PM
To: Paradis, Mylene -NDB; Doust, Stephen -NDB
Cc: Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN -HOMICDM; Morrison, David -NGM; Gudinskas, Lukas -NLA
Subject: FW: PM's comment

Mylene, Stephen,

Can you find the transcript with the help of Comms? We will then take it from there.

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From: Norton, Roy -XDD


Sent: November-28-16 12:38 PM
To: Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN -HOMICDM
Cc: Morrison, David -NGM; Berard, Isabelle -NDD
Subject: Re: PM's comment

Ambassador:
On this one, while I have views, it's not really for Protocol to weigh in
I'm copying the Geographic; you (they) might wish to bring in the Comms people
Roy

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Rogers network.

From: Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN -HOMICDM


Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 12:05 PM
To:Norton,Roy-XDD
Subject: PM's comment

Roy,

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Exchange on Justin Trudeau comments toward Fidel Castro
CPAC - Question Period
November 28, 2016 2:17 PM

The Speaker: (Speaking French). Oral questions. [Voice of Translator The Honourable Member for lac-saint-jean].

Denis Lebel, member for lac-saint-jean: Voice of Translator: Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister showed a lack of judgment
on the weekend in the comments he made following the passing of the
Cuban dictator Fidel Castro and the statement shocked many Canadians. Now that the Prime Minister
has acknowledged that Fidel Castro was a dictator, can he acknowledge that he lacked judgment in those remarks?

The Speaker: Voice of Translator: The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Hon. Stephane Dion, Minister of Foreign affairs: Voice of Translator Mr Speaker, the vast majority of leaders did not
take that time to state that Fidel Castro was a dictator. They said that he had passed. They tried to say
something positive about him. That is what the Canadian Prime Minister did and that is what others have done because
the objective, Mr. Speaker, is to not worsen past issues surrounding an it go anymore but to focus on positive aspects.

The Speaker: Voice of Translator: The Honourable Member for lac-saint-jean.

Denis Lebel, member for lac-saint-jean: Voice of Translator: Mr. Speaker, when an American senator said they
were embarrassing and shameful, we have to take that into account. Mr. Speaker, since the Prime Minister has
acknowledged that Mr. Castro is a dictator, we say that they must translate words into action. Will the Prime Minister
make a change to his website, will he change the words on a website to acknowledge that he has recognized him as a
dictator?

The Speaker: Voice of Translator: The Honourable Minister.

Hon. Stephane Dion, Minister of Foreign affairs: Voice of Translator Mr Speaker, the Pnme Minister wants to see
democracy in Cuba, so do the Canadian people. For 50 years, we had-- we have had relations with Cuba that have
served Canada and Cuba. Now is time to look at what we've all accomplished with the Cuban people, to help the
Cuban people to move towards a more open society with more freedom, with more democracy. This is what Cubans will
do. We are in a good position to help them with the assistance of our Prime Minister.

The Speaker: Voice of Translator: The Honourable Member for lac-saint-jean. [End of Translation]

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Denis Lebel, member for lac-saint-jean:-- The Prime Minister himself admitted that Fidel Castro was a
dictator. However he failed to mention the abuses of human rights and freedom under Castro in his official statement.
Mr. Speaker, will he now amend his official statement on the Prime Minister's website to reflect what he has
publicly admitted?

The Speaker: The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Hon. Stephane Dion, Minister of Foreign affairs: I told in French, I May also repeat it in Spanish if it's needed, Mr.
Speaker. It's very important for Canada to use-- to help the people of Cuba now to have a better future for their
children with more freedom and step towards democracy and the leadership of our Prime Minister will be key for that.

The Speaker: The Honourable Member for Thornhill.

Peter Kent, Member for Thornhill : Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister in expressing his personal sorrow at the passing of
Cuba's communist dictator had nothing to say about the Cubans Castro executed, imprisoned, tortured and
oppressed. Is that because the Prime Minister and his father never met the victims of Castro's tyranny or is it because
the PM Was only wined and dined by Cuba's communist 1%? Now that the Prime Minister has had time to reflect on
his ill-advised condolences, will he tell us what he might do to improve the lives of the Castro regime's victims? [Some
Applause]

The Speaker: The Honourable ... Order. The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Hon. Stephane Dion, Minister of Foreign affairs: What he will not do --

The Speaker: Order.

Hon. Stephane Dion, Minister of Foreign affairs:-- Is to create a situation where you antagonize. We have to work hard
together to give a better futur for their children and more freedom and go step by step toward democracy and the
leadership of our Prime Minister will be key for that. The fact that Canada strongly links people to people of Cuba over
the last 50 years. not because we agree w1th the regime but because we want to support the people of Cuba, Mr.
Speaker.-

The Speaker: Members May not have as much respect for members on the other side as they would like, but I know
they have respect for this place and I'd like them to show it. The Honourable Member for Thornhill.

Peter Kent, Member for Thornhill : Mr. Speaker, the Prime Minister, instead of paying tributes to a dictator, should have
offered condolences to the long-suffering, oppressed people of Cuba. The Prime Minister should have spoken of hopes
for a better democratic future for the people of Cuba. Instead, the PM Not only expressed personal sorrow at Fidel's
passing but described as a real honour his recent meeting with Fidel's successor, the equally-ruthless raoul. Mr. Speaker,
why will this Prime Minister not address--

The Speaker: The Honourable Minister of Foreign Affairs.


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Hon. Stephane Dion, Minister of Foreign affairs: When Fidel Castro passed away, the leaders of the world, without
exception of Maybe some exceptions, did not tell him ... Very few exceptions, did not call him a dictator. They said about
the same thing that our Prime Minister. Ban Ki-moon, Castro made advancements in the field of education,-- and
health. The European Union has said a man of determination and historical figure. The Mexican President, Fidel Castro
was a friend of Mexico. Spain, a figure of enormous historical importance, son of Spaniards.

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Exchange on PM's Statements on Fidel Castro
CPAC - Question Period
November 28,2016 2:49PM

The Speaker: The honourable member for cypress hills--grasslands.

David Anderson, Member for cypress hills--grasslands: Mr. Speaker, this past week the world's longest ruling tyrant
died. Canadians were appalled to hear the prime minister state, and I quote, it is with deep sorrow that I learn today of
the death of Cuba's longest serving president. Well, Mr. Speaker, he was Cuba's longest serving president because he
percent cuted, oppressed and killed those who opposed him. The prime minister and the foreign affairs minister
should have condemned his legacy rather than mourning their loss. How can the liberals celebrate such a vicious
reality?

The Speaker: The honourable minister of foreign affairs.

Hon. Stephane Dion, Minister of foreign affairs: I want to thank my colleague to give me the opportunity to repeat
aga1n . In fact, most leaders around the world have sa1d about the same and the pnme m1n1ster, the people of Cuba w111 go
to transition w1th hope toward more freedom and democracy, we need to support them and encourage them to not
antagonize about the past We have 50 years of broken relat1on w1th Cuba and we have a strong pnme mrnister that
w111 help w1th that

Tom KMIEC, Member for Calgary Shepard: Mr. Speaker, my family fled the communist regime in Poland so I know a
little bit about oppression. Under Castro's rule, Cubans faced torture, imprisonment, forced exile or death by
firing squad. Why would the prime minister choose to celebrate Fidel Castro when he should look at ways to empower the
Cuban people? [Some Applause 1

The Speaker: The honourable Minister of Foreign affairs.

Hon. Stephane Dion, Minister of foreign affairs: Mr Speaker, 1t's precisely rn order to help the people of Cuba to be
un1ted rnstead of antagon1zrng about the past. That we need to encourage them to do the reform that w1ll bnng them more
freedom and toward democracy And the fact that Canada has a strong support for all the people of Cuba over the last
50 years over conservatives, liberal government will be an asset I suggest to everyone to pract1se your Spanish

The Speaker: Honourable member.

Garnett Genius, Member for Sherwood Park-Fort Saskatchewan: Mr. Speaker, we want a better future for the Cuban
people and the way we remember the past shapes the future. The liberals are cozying up to dictates all over the world
and ignoring questions of fundamental justice, freedom of the press and every single type of minority rights. The liberals'
campaign for the U.N. Security council seat seems to involve ignoring the universal declaration of human rights. When
will the prime minister stand up, apologize to the victims of this brutal regime and finally express his solidarity with the
Cuban people! [ Some Applause 1

The Speaker: Order. The honourable Mrnister of Foreign affa irs.

Hon. Stephane Dian, Minister of foreign affairs: Mr Speaker, the fact 1s the Cuban people have different v1ews about
that [Interjections] Indeed, Mr Speaker, the only way to help them to move towards an Improved society w1th
freedom and democracy is to not antagonize about the past as my colleague want to do, 1t's to focus on the future all

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together and unite the people of Cuba, to support them all the way and we'll do 1t over the leadership of this pnme
minister

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From: Berard, Isabelle -N OD


Sent: November 28, 2016 6:46 PM
To: Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN -HOM/CDM
Cc: Morrison, David -NGM; Gudinskas, Lukas -NLA; Doust, Stephen -NDB; Paradis, Mylene -
NDB
Subject: RE: PM's comment

Patrick,

Voici les principaux messages sur lesquels on te suggere d'appuyer:

The Prime Minister's statement on the death of Fidel Castro recognized the
passing of a former head of state of a country with which Canada has had a
longstanding friendship.
Canada is one of Cuba's long-standing partners.
This year marks the 71 st anniversary of uninterrupted diplomatic relations.
The ties that exist between our countries and our populations, as a result of
millions of Canadians travelling to Cuba, have led to strong interpersonal
relations and a higher level of cooperation.
Canada's long-standing policy with regard to Cuba is bolstered by our unique
and historic relationship, and based on a continuous and respectful commitment.
Canada looks forward to strengthening its ties with Cuba and providing its
support to this country as it revisits and updates its economic and governance
systems.

Isabelle Berard
Director General, Central America & Caribbean I Directrice generale, Amerique centrale et Cara"ibes
Americas Branch I Secteur des Ameriques
Tel/Tel: 343-203-4591
Global Affairs Canada I Affaires mondiales Canada
Government of Canada I Gouvernement du Canada

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Canada
Global Affairs
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From: Parisot1 Patrick -HAVAN -HOMICDM
Sent: November-28-16 5:11PM
To: Berard1 Isabelle -NDD

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Cc: Morrison, David -NGM; Gudinskas, Lukas -NLA; Doust, Stephen -NDB; Paradis, Mylene -NDB
Subject: Re: PM's comment

Me rei.

De : Berard, Isabelle -NDD


Envoye : Monday, November 28, 2016 04:56PM
A: Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN -HOM/CDM
Cc : Morrison, David -NGM; Gudinskas, Lukas -NLA; Doust, Stephen -NDB; Paradis, Mylene -NDB
Objet : RE: PM's comment

Patrick,

Pour fermer Ia boucle voici le transcript de !'interview avec le PM (en piece-jointe). Nous vous revenons a pres
consultations avec les Comms.

Isabelle Berard
Director General, Central America & Caribbean I Directrice generale, Amerique centrale et Cara'ibes
Americas Branch I Secteur des Ameriques
Tel/Tel : 343-203-4591
Global Affairs Canada I Affaires mondiales Canada
Government of Canada I Gouvernement du Canada

Affalres mondiales Global Affairs


1+1 Canada Canada
From: Doust, Stephen -NDB
Sent: November-28-16 4 :19PM
To: Berard, I sabelle -NDD; Paradis, Mylene -NDB
Cc: Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN -HOM/CDM; Morrison, David -NGM; Gudinskas, Lukas -NLA
Subject: RE: PM's comment

Yes, sorry. We are looking into it.

From: Berard, Isabelle - NDD


Sent: November-28-16 4:12PM
To: Doust, Stephen -NDB; Paradis, Mylene -NDB
Cc: Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN -HOM/CDM; Morrison, David -NGM; Gudinskas, Lukas -NLA
Subject: RE: PM's comment

This is the MINA interview. Let's look at the PM interview (CBC?).


We will need the support of Comms on this.

Patrick: on te revient.

Isabelle Berard
Director General, Central America & Caribbean I Directrice generale, Amerique centrale et Cara'ibes
Americas Branch I Secteur des Ameriques
Tel/Tel : 343-203-4591
Global Affairs Canada I Affaires mondiales Canada
Government of Canada I Gouvernement du Canada

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Canada Canada
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From: Doust, Stephen -NDB
Sent: November-28-16 3:58PM
To: Berard, Isabelle -NDD; Paradis, Mylene -NDB
Cc: Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN -HOM/CDM; Morrison, David -NGM; Gudinskas, Lukas -NLA
Subject: RE: PM's comment

See this email. It has the "dictator" question.

From: Berard, Isabelle -NDD


Sent: November-28-16 3:54PM
To: Paradis, Mylene -NDB; Doust, Stephen -NDB
Cc: Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN -HOM/CDM; Morrison, David -NGM; Gudinskas, Lukas -NLA
Subject: FW: PM's comment

Mylene, Stephen,

Can you find the transcript with the help of Comms? We will then take it from there.

Isabelle Berard
Director General, Central America & Caribbean I Directrice generale, Amerique centrale et Caraibes
Americas Branch I Secteur des Ameriques
Tel/Tel : 343-203-4591
Global Affairs Canada I Affaires mondiales Canada
Government of Canada I Gouvernement du Canada

Affatres mondiales Global Affairs


1+1 Canada Canada

From: Norton, Roy -XDD


Sent: November-28-16 12:38 PM
To: Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN -HOM/CDM
Cc: Morrison, David -NGM; Berard, Isabelle -NDD
Subject: Re: PM's comment

Ambassador:
On this one, while I have views, it's not really for Protocol to weigh in
I'm copying the Geographic; you (they) might wish to bring in the Comms people
Roy

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From: Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN -HOM/CDM


Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 12:05 PM
To: Norton, Roy -XDD
Subject: PM's comment

Roy,

Thanks. P

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Cuba - Death of Fidel Castro Messaging

Mr. Speaker, this government has made human rights a priority and will continue to
champion their respect, including in Cuba, where we will continue to support their reform
efforts.

The Prime Minister has been clear on his views on the Cuban governance system and
acknowledged Fidel Castro was a controversial figure.

But when somebody passes away, be that a relative, an acquaintance or a public figure, the
usual thing to do, and I would suggest that the decent and diplomatic thing to do would be to
try to say something positive about their achievements or memory.

This is what most leaders did around the world on Tuesday. They insisted on the positive.

And Mr. Speaker, in Canada's comments, we must keep in mind that the main goal now is
related to the future.

We must consider how we can help the Cubans to build a society together- one that will be
better than the one they have now.

And how we can help them move gradually, step-by-step, towards democracy.

Mr. Speaker, this Prime Minister, this government, has never shied away from raising the
issue of human rights in Cuba and abroad, as was the case during his time in Cuba two
weeks ago.

Cuba has made progress on issues of social equality, including in areas of health and
education, for the Cuban people.

But a statement of condolence, Mr. Speaker, is not the time or place to focus on the
negative.

There is a time and place for everything. For the last half-century, Canada has engaged
Cuba bilaterally, and in international bodies, openly and respectfully

This is the way that we have made progress. This is diplomacy.

Canadians have had a commitment to the Cuban people for decades, and that includes past
governments.

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The Prime Minister in his visit committed to continue working with the Cuban people, as we
have always done, to support them as they build a better future for their children and take
steps toward the freedom and democracy that Fidel Castro promised them early on in their
revolution .

The fact that Canada has developed a relationship with Cuba, all over the last decades,
instead of cutting links as the United States did is important.

Isolating a country is rarely a good solution.

If we want things to move in the right direction, we have to establish exchanges, establish
direct contact, and be frank with one another.

It is precisely because of Canada's strong relationship with the Cuba that our Prime Minister
is in a good position to support the Cuban people in efforts to improve human rights.

Canada has built strong economic and people to people ties with Cuba not because we
agree with their governance structure, but because of our support to the Cuban people, and
because it is in the interest of Canadians.

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From: Lindblad, Anabel <Anabei.Lindblad@pco-bcp.gc.ca>


Sent: November-26-16 2:32AM
To: Foss, Karen -HAVAN -GR
Cc: Brunette, Lynn -PCO -AFG
Subject: Fw: Castro
Attachments: Statement_Death of Fidel Castro.doc

Importa nce: High

Hopefully HQ had reached out already.

See attached in case mission has any views.

We are issuing very shortly.

Anabel

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Original Message
From: Lindblad, Anabel <Anabei.Lindblad@pco-bcp.gc.ca>
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2016 2:21AM
To: Gregory.Ga lligan@international.gc.ca; Brunette, Lynn; Brunet, Genevieve
Cc: Laura.Ospina@international.gc.ca; Barbara.Harvey@international.gc.ca; Ken.MacKillop@international.gc.ca; Fox,
Christiane
Subject: Re: Castro

We w ill be posting shortly- text is with pmo for signoff. If you/mission have input, we need it in t he next 10 minutes.

Thanks.

Anabel

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Originai .Message
From: Lindblad, Anabel
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2016 1:58 AM
To: Gregory.Galligan@international.gc.ca; Brunette, Lynn; Brunet, Genevieve
Cc: Laura.Ospina@international.gc.ca; Barbara.Harvey@international.gc.ca; Ken.MacKillop@international.gc.ca
Subject: Re: Castro

Greg, I sent you the draft on a separate thread. I haven't received acknowledgment. If anyone else is up, can you please
provide Greg's cell or pin? This is really urgent. Pm is speaking in about 40 minutes and will mention this.

Thanks.

Anabel

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From: Gregorv.Galligan@international.gc.ca
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2016 1:09 AM
To: Lindblad, Anabel; Brunette, Lynn; Brunet, Genevieve
Cc: Laura.Ospina@international.gc.ca; Barbara.Harvey@international.gc.ca; Ken.MacKillop@international.gc.ca
Subject: Re: Castro

Me. I will take a look and engage desk.

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Original Message
From: Lindblad, Anabel
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2016 1:06AM
To: Galligan, Gregory -LCF; Brunette, Lynn -PCO -AFG; Brunet, Genevieve
Cc: Ospina, Laura -LCFA; Harvey, Barbara -LCFB; MacKillop, Ken -LCM
Subject: Re: Castro

Yes, absolutely PM level. Our writers are working on it now and

Please let me know who I should call should this come your way before morning.

Thank you.

Anabel

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From: Gregory.Galligan@international.gc.ca
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2016 12:43 AM
To: Lindblad, Anabel; Brunette, Lynn; Brunet, Genevieve
Cc: Laura.Ospina@international.gc.ca; Barbara.Harvey@international.gc.ca; Ken.MacKillop@international.gc.ca
Subject: Castro

Anabel,

Media is reporting that Castro has died. Will PM be issuing statement?

Do you have a pre-drafted statement for such an event?

Greg

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Cabinet du Office of the


Premier ministre Prime Minister

Ottawa, Canada K1A OA2

Statement
For Immediate Release

STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA ON THE DEATH


OF FORMER CUBAN PRESIDENT FIDEL CASTRO

November 26, 2016 Ottawa, Ontario Prime Minister's Office

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the death
of former Cuban President Fidel Castro:

"It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba's longest serving
President.

"Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who


A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr.
Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island
nation.

"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".

"I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet
Fidel when my father passed away. laRG-it was a real honour to meet his th ree sons and
his brother President Raul Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.

"On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the fam ily,
friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in
mourning the loss of this remarkable leader."

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PMO Media Relations: 613-957-5555


This document is also available at http://pm.gc.ca

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From: Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN -HOM/CDM


Sent: November-26-16 1:26 PM
To: Domanski, Anna Lise -HAVAN -GR
Cc: Foss, Karen -HAVAN -GR; LeClair, Guylime -HAVAN -GR
Subject: RE: PM Statement on t he death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro

Anna Lise: You can proceed as usual. Thank you. PP

From: Domanski, Anna Lise -HAVAN -GR


Sent: November-26-16 1:21PM
To: Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN -HOM/CDM
Cc: Foss, Karen -HAVAN -GR; LeClair, Guylene -HAVAN -GR
Subject: FW: PM Statement on the death of former Cuban President Fidel Castro

Ambassador,

With thanks to Delia for the quick Spanish translation, here is the PM's statement, for anything for which it may be
required (EN and FR versions also below). Please let me know if you would like me to send to MINREX;

Anna Lise

El primer rninistro Justin Trudeau hizo las siguientes declaraciones hoy tras el anuncio
de la muerte del ex presidente cubano Fidel Castro:
Antananarivo, Madagascar
26 de Noviem bre de 2016

"Con profunda tristeza conoci hoy sobre Ia muerte de Fidel Castro, el Cubano que mas tiempo ha
ocupado el cargo de Presidente.
"Fidel Castro es un lider que trasciende su tiempo y que ha pasado casi medic siglo al servicio de Ia
poblaci6n cubana. Fue un legendario revolucionario y orador. El Sr. Castro tambien hizo mejoras
significativas a Ia educaci6n y a Ia atenci6n de Ia salud de su pueblo.
"A pesar de ser una figura polemica, sus partidarios y sus detractores reconocen su amor y su
inmensa dedicaci6n al pueblo de Cuba, que a su vez, siente un afecto profunda y duradero hacia" El
Comandante ".
"Se que mi padre estaba muy orgulloso de llamarle Amigo, y tuve Ia oportunidad de conocer a Fidel
cuando mi padre falleci6. Tambien fue un verdadero honor conocer a sus tres hijos y a su hermano,
el Presidente Raul Castro, durante mi reciente visita a Cuba.
"En nombre de todos los canadienses, Sophie y yo ofrecemos nuestras mas profundas condolencias
a Ia familia y amigos del Sr. Castro y a las muchas personas que lo apoyaron. Hoy lloramos con el
pueblo de Cuba Ia perdida de este notable lider. "

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http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2016/11/26/statement-prime-minister-canada-death-former-cuban-president-fidel-castro

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the death of former Cuban President
Fidel Castro
Antananarivo, Madagascar
November 26, 2016
The Prime Minister. Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the death of former
Cuban President Fidel Castro:

"It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba's longest serving President.

"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.

"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".

"I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my
father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raul
Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.

"On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and
many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this
remarkable leader."

http://pm.gc.ca/fra/nouvelles/2016/11/26/declaration-du-premier-ministre-du-canada-deces-de-lancien-president-
cubain

Declaration du premier ministre du Canada sur le deces de 1'ancien president cubain,


Fidel Castro
Antananarivo (Madagascar)
26 novembre 2016
Le premier ministre Justin Trudeau a fait aujourd'hui Ia declaration suivante suite a l'annonce du
deces de !'ancien president cubain, Fidel Castro :

C'est avec une profonde tristesse que j'ai appris aujourd'hui Ia mort du president cubain ayant le
plus longtemps exerce cette fonction.

Fidel Castro, leader plus grand que nature, a consacre pres d'un demi-siecle au service du peuple
cubain. Revolutionnaire et orateur legendaire, M. Castro a realise d'importants progres dans les
domaines de !'education et des soins de sante sur son ile natale.

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Bien qu'il etait une figure controversee, ses supporters et ses detracteurs reconnaissaient son
amour et son devouement immenses envers le peuple cubain, qui eprouvait une affection profonde
et durable pour "el Comandante".

Je sa is que mon pere eta it tres tier de le considerer com me un ami, et j'ai eu !'occasion de
rencontrer Fidel lorsque mon pere est decede. Ce fut aussi un veritable honneur de rencontrer ses
trois fils et son frere, le president Raul Castro, au cours de rna recente visite a Cuba.

Au nom de tous les Canadiens, Sophie et moi offrons nos plus sinceres condoleances a Ia famille
et aux amis de M. Castro ainsi qu'aux nombreuses personnes qui l'appuyaient. Aujourd'hui, nous
pleurons avec le peuple de Cuba Ia perte d'un leader remarquable.

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From: Doust, Stephen -NOB


Sent: November-28-16 8:12PM
To: Foss, Karen -HAVAN -GR
Cc: Berard, Isabelle -NOD; Frenette, Andre -NLD; Paradis, Mylene -NDB; Zaldivar, Allisson -
NDB; Harley, Jane -NDB; Bood, Daniel -NDB; Le Bris, Manuel -NDS; Harley, Jane - NDB;
Moser, Eliane -NDS; Koenig, Erin -NGM; Bood, Daniel - NDB; Sutton, Brendan -NDB;
Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN -HOM/CDM; Domanski, Anna Lise -HAVAN -GR
Subject: Re: Media lines on the death of Fidel Castro

Yes, with the caveat that PMO may still come with changes. These are PCO approved.

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Origina l Message
From: Foss, Karen -HAVAN -GR
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 8:10 PM
To: Doust, Stephen -NDB
Cc: Berard, Isabelle -NDD; Frenette, Andre -NLD; Paradis, Mylene -NDB; Zaldivar, Allisson -NDB; Harley, Jane -NDB; Bood,
Daniel -NDB; Le Bris, Manuel - NDS; Harley, Jane -NDB; Moser, Eliane -NDS; Koenig, Erin -NGM; Bood, Daniel-NOB;
Sutton, Brendan -NDB; Parisot, Patrick -HAVAN -HOM/CDM; Domanski, Anna Lise -HAVAN -GR
Subject: Re: Media lines on the death of Fidel Castro

Stephen,

Can we share these with Rideau Hall?

Thanks
Karen

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Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 8:06 PM
To: *NLD HOM LatAm CDM; * NLD STC LatAm; *NLD FPDS Latin America and Caribbean I Amerique latine et des Antilles;
Pengelly, Robert -NNB
Cc: Berard, Isabelle -NDD; Frenette, Andre -NLD; Paradis, Mylene -NDB; Zaldivar, Allisson -NDB; Harley, Jane -NDB; Bood,
Daniel -NOB; Ramirez, Claudio -NLA; Sunderland, Sean -NLA; Blanc, Anderson -NDH; Le Bris, Manuel-NOS; Guertin,
Steve -NLA; Harley, Jane -NDB; Moser, Eliane -NDS; Koenig, Erin -NGM; Gudinskas, Lukas -NLA; Bood, Daniel-NOB;
Stratton, Tana -NDB; Laberge, Raphaelle -NDB; Sutton, Brendan -NDB
Subject: Re: Media lines on the death of Fidel Castro

Pis find updated Q and A lines, but note that this is PCO version. PMO may have edits to follow.

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Origina l Message
From: Doust, Stephen -NDB
Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 5:02 PM

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To: *NLD HOM LatAm COM; *NLD STC LatAm; *NLD FPDS Latin America and Caribbean I Amerique latine et des Antilles;
Pengelly, Robert -NNB
Cc: Berard, Isabelle -NOD; Frenette, Andre -NLD; Paradis, Mylene -NOB; Zaldivar, Allisson -NOB; Harley, Jane -NOB; Bood,
Daniel-NOB; Ramirez, Claudio -NLA; Sunderland, Sean -NLA; Blanc, Anderson -NOH; Le Bris, Manuel-NOS; Guertin,
Steve -NLA; Harley, Jane -NOB; Moser, Eliane -NOS; Koenig, Erin -NGM; Gudinskas, Lukas -NLA; Bood, Daniel-NOB;
Stratton, Tana -NOB; Laberge, Raphaelle -NOB; Sutton, Brendan -NOB
Subject: RE: Media lines on the death of Fidel Castro

Colleagues,

Some missions have asked whether there are instructions regarding re-posting the PM's statement. While some
missions have re-posted the PM website statement, GAC comms notes that as this is a standard statement of
condolences there is no need for missions that have not already done so to proactively repost.

Please note too that PCO will be sending an update to the media lines we sent earlier today.

Thanks,

Stephen

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Sent: November-28-16 2:04PM
To: Sutton, Brendan -NOB; *NLD HOM LatAm COM; *NLD STC LatAm; *NLD FPDS Latin America and Caribbean I
Amerique latine et des Antilles
Cc: Berard, Isabelle -NOD; Frenette, Andre -NLD; Paradis, Mylene -NDB; Zaldivar, A!lisson -NDB; Harley, Jane -NDB; Bood,
Daniel-NOB; Ramirez, Claudio -NLA; Sunderland, Sean -NLA; Blanc, Anderson -NOH; Le Bris, Manuel-NOS; Guertin,
Steve -NLA; Harley, Jane -NOB; Moser, Eliane -NOS; Koenig, Erin -NGM; Gudinskas, Lukas -NLA; Bood, Daniel-NOB;
Stratton, Tana -NOB; Laberge, Raphaelle -NOB
Subject: RE: Media lines on the death of Fidel Castro

Please find revised media lines on death of Fidel Castro.

Stephen

Q&A- Death of Fidel Castro

Ql. Why did the PM Statement not address any of the controversial aspects of Fidel Castro's leadership?
The Prime Minister recognized that Fidel Castro was an influential and controversial figure.
Canadians have had an unwavering commitment to the Cuban people for decades, and that includes past
governments.
Canada has made human rights a priority and will continue to champion their respect, including in Cuba, where we
will continue to 1
It is because of his strong relationship with the Cuban people that our Prime Minister is in a good position to
support
Canada will focus on the future of Cuba and find ways to help the Cubans build a better society.
Canada will work for positive change, including making progress in areas of human rights

Q2. Who will Canada send to Mr. Castro's funeral?


Refer to GG's announcement: https:llwww.gg.caldocument.aspx?id=16648&1an=eng
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Q3. Can you comment on Canada-Cuba bilateral relations?


Canada is one of Cuba's long-standing partners.
This year marks the 71st anniversary of uninterrupted diplomatic relations.
The ties that exist between our countries and our populations, as a result of millions of Canadians travelling to
Cuba, have led to strong interpersonal relations and a higher level of cooperation in terms of university education,
culture, science and religion.
Canada's long-standing policy with regard to Cuba is bolstered by our unique and historic relationship, and based
on a continuous and respectful commitment.
Canada looks forward to strengthening its ties with Cuba and providing its support to this country as it revisits and
updates its economic and governance systems.

On Trade relations:
Cuba is Canada's largest export market in Central America and the Caribbean, worth an estimated $495 million per
year, and offers potential for growth.
Canada has the knowledge and technology needed to meet the needs of Cubans in a wide range of sectors,
particularly agri-food products, infrastructure, sustainable technology and life sciences.
The economic reforms underway in Cuba have the potential to provide new trade and investment possibilities to
Canadian businesses.

Q4. What steps is Canada taking to promote human rights in Cuba?


Promoting inclusive and transparent governance, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity and for all human
rights are integral parts of Canada's constructive commitment in the world.
The fact that Canada has continued to build our relationship with Cuba over the past decade puts us in a good
position to encourage positive change in Cuba, including making progress in areas of human rights
Human rights issues are raised at regular high-level bilateral policy consultations, the most recent or wn1cn was
held in October 2016.
Canada supports a number of local initiatives that encourage dialogue and diverse opinions. This support focusses
on independent cultural spaces, human rights publications, university conferences by Internet, and diversity.
During his recent visit to Cuba, the Prime Minister took part in a roundtable discussion with organizations from civil
society on human rights issues, including issues involving diversity, race, gender and the LGBTI community.
During this roundtable, representatives from civil society organizations emphasized the importance of Canada's
role as a strategic ally for civil society, including the religious community. They suggested that Canada should continue
to play this role.

QS. Can you comment on Cuba-United States relations?


Canada's approach to Cuban policy differs from that of the United States, and has done so since the early 1960s.
For more than 50 years, it has been Canada's policy to engage Cuba.
Canada supports the process of normalizing relations and encourages discussions between Cuba and the United
States in areas of shared interest.
We continue to advocate for lifting all U.S. sanctions against Cuba and rescinding the Helms-Burton Act along with
legislation and policies that isolate Cuba economically.

Q6. What happened during the Prime Minsiter's first visit to Cuba?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made his first official productive visit to Cuba on November 15 and 16. During this
visit, he reinforced Canada's long-standing ties with Cuba and identified a number of areas in which the two countries
could collaborate even more closely.

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During his meetings with President Raul Castro, Prime Minister Trudeau agreed to work with President Castro on
issues associated with climate change, gender equality, and safety and security for the region, in addition to adopting
measures for economic growth in both countries and strengthening the middle class.
The Prime Minister also gave a speech at the University of Havana and answered questions from students, where
he stressed the importance of Canadian values concerning gender equality and building a stronger and more inclusive
society.
The Prime Minister was unable to meet with former President Fidel Castro during his visit. The reason the meeting
did not take place was a private matter.
Although he was unable to meet with Fidel Castro, he did have the honour of meeting three of his sons who
presented him with a souvenir of his father's visit to Cuba in 1976.

Q7. How much aid does Canada provide to Cuba and what does this go towards?
Canada has the longest-standing development cooperation program in Cuba and is one of the top three bilateral
donors to this country.
Canada plays a key role by supporting Cuba's efforts to increase food security, strengthen public financial
management and stimulate sustainable economic growth.
Canada and Cuba are exploring opportunities to work together on development cooperation projects in the areas
of climate change, renewable energy, gender equality and empowering girls and women.
A project that will strengthen fruit production value chains was recently approved and will be initiated in the
coming months.

On Hurricane Matthew aid:


The Government of Canada contributed more than $6.5 million for regional rescue efforts following Hurricane
Matthew, including more than $500,000 to Cuba for drinking water and sanitation facilities, basic shelter and food aid
for residents in the hardest hit regions of the country.

Q8 What is Canada's approach to the promotion of human rights internationally?


Human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent. The advancement of human rights is an integral part of
Canada's constructive engagement in the world.
The Government of Canada is concerned about the state of human rights throughout the world. As a multicultural,
multi-faith and inclusive society, Canada is well positioned to champion peaceful pluralism, respect for diversity, and all
human rights internationally.
Canadian human rights efforts focus on advancing the rights of women and children, those of LGBTI persons and
human rights defenders, freedom of expression- including Internet freedom, freedom of religion or belief, the abolition
of the death penalty, as well as country-specific issues.

-----Original Message-----
From: Doust, Stephen -NDB
Sent: November-28-16 1:25 PM
To: Sutton, Brendan -NDB; *NLD HOM LatAm CDM; *NLD STC LatAm; *NLD FPDS Latin America and Caribbean/
Amerique latine et des Antilles
Cc: Berard, Isabelle -NDD; Frenette, Andre -NLD; Paradis, Mylene -NDB; Zaldivar, Allisson -NDB; Harley, Jane -NDB; Bood,
Daniel-NOB; Ramirez, Claudio -NLA; Sunderland, Sean -NLA; Blanc, Anderson -NDH; Le Bris, Manuel-NOS; Guertin,
Steve -NLA; Harley, Jane -NDB
Subject: RE: Media lines on the death of Fidel Castro

Sorry- please note that there need to be corrections on the development lines. Please wait until corrections are made
and we re-send these messages shortly.

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Stephen

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From: Sutton, Brendan -NOB
Sent: November-28-161:22 PM
To: *NLD HOM LatAm CDM; *NLD STC LatAm; *NLD FPOS Latin America and Caribbean I Amerique latine et des Antilles
Cc: Berard, Isabelle -NDD; Frenette, Andre -NLD; Paradis, Mylene -NOB; Doust, Stephen -NOB; Zaldivar, Allisson -NDB;
Harley, Jane -NDB; Bood, Daniel-NOB; Ramirez, Claudio -NLA; Sunderland, Sean -NLA; Blanc, Anderson -NOH; Le Bris,
Manuel -NDS; Guertin, Steve -NLA
Subject: Media Jines on the death of Fidel Castro

Good afternoon,

Please find attached (and copied below for blackberry reading) the current Jines on the death of Former Cuban
President Fidel Castro for use by Latin American and Caribbean missions. LCBR has noted that these are for use in
reaction to local media inquiries only, and that all Canadian and international media inquiries should be directed to HQ
at media@international.gc.ca

Cheers,

Brendan Sutton
203-4640

Q1. Why did the PM Statement not address any of the controversial aspects of Fidel Castro's leadership?
The Prime Minister recognized that Fidel Castro was an influential and controversial figure.
Canadians have had an unwavering commitment to the Cuban people for decades, and that includes past
governments.
Canada has made human rights a priority and will continue to champion their respect, including in Cuba, where we
will continue to
It is because of his strong relationship with the Cuban people that our Prime Minister is in a good position to
support
Canada will focus on the future of Cuba and find ways to help the Cubans build a better society.
Canada will work for positive change, including making progress in areas of human rights

Q2. Who will Canada send to Mr. Castro's funeral?


Refer to GG's announcement: https://www.gg.ca/document.aspx?id=16648&1an=eng

Q3. Can you comment on Canada-Cuba bilateral relations?


Canada is one of Cuba's long-standing partners.
This year marks the 71st anniversary of uninterrupted diplomatic relations.
The ties that exist between our countries and our populations, as a result of millions of Canadians travelling to
Cuba, have led to strong interpersonal relations and a higher level of cooperation in terms of university education,
culture, science and religion.
Canada's long-standing policy with regard to Cuba is bolstered by our unique and historic relationship, and based
on a continuous and respectful commitment.

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Canada looks forward to strengthening its ties with Cuba and providing its support to this country as it revisits and
updates its economic and governance systems.

On Trade relations:
Cuba is Canada's largest export market in Central America and the Caribbean, worth an estimated $495 million per
year, and offers potential for growth.
Canada has the knowledge and technology needed to meet the needs of Cubans in a wide range of sectors,
particularly agri-food products, infrastructure, sustainable technology and life sciences.
The economic reforms underway in Cuba have the potential to provide new trade and investment possibilities to
Canadian businesses.

Q4. What steps is Canada taking to promote human rights in Cuba?


Promoting inclusive and transparent governance, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity and for all human
rights are integral parts of Canada's constructive commitment in the world.
The fact that Canada has continued to build our relationship with Cuba over the past decade puts us in a good
position to encourage positive change in Cuba, including making progress in areas of human rights;
Human rights issues are raised at regular high-level bilateral policy consultations, the most recent of which was
held in October 2016.
Canada supports a number of local initiatives that encourage dialogue and diverse opinions. This support focusses
on independent cultural spaces, human rights publications, university conferences by Internet, and diversity.
During his recent visit to Cuba, the Prime Minister took part in a roundtable discussion with organizations from civil
society on human rights issues, including issues involving diversity, race, gender and the LGBTI community.
During this roundtable, representatives from civil society organizations emphasized the importance of Canada's
role as a strategic ally for civil society, including the religious community. They suggested that Canada should continue
to play this role.

QS. Can you comment on Cuba-United States relations?


Canada's approach to Cuban policy differs from that of the United States, and has done so since the early 1960s.
For more than 50 years, it has been Canada's policy to engage Cuba.
Canada supports the process of normalizing relations and encourages discussions between Cuba and the United
States in areas of shared interest.
We continue to advocate for lifting all U.S. sanctions against Cuba and rescinding the Helms-Burton Act along with
legislation and policies that isolate Cuba economically.

Q6. What happened during the Prime Minsiter's first visit to Cuba?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made his first official productive visit to Cuba on November 15 and 16. During this
visit, he reinforced Canada's long-standing ties with Cuba and identified a number of areas in which the two countries
could collaborate even more closely.
During his meetings with President Raul Castro, Prime Minister Trudeau agreed to work with President Castro on
issues associated with climate change, gender equality, and safety and security for the region, in addition to adopting
measures for economic growth in both countries and strengthening the middle class.
The Prime Minister also gave a speech at the University of Havana and answered questions from students, where
he stressed the importance of Canadian values concerning gender equality and building a stronger and more inclusive
society.
The Prime Minister was unable to meet with former President Fidlel Castro during his visit. The reason the meeting
did not take place was a private matter.
Although he was unable to meet with Fidel Castro, he did have the honour of meeting three of his sons who
presented him with a souvenir of his father's visit to Cuba in 1976.

Q7. How much aid does Canada provide to Cuba and what does this go towards?

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Canada has provided the longest-sta nding assistance to Cuba and is one of three major bilateral donors to this
country.
Canada plays a key role by supporting Cuba's efforts to improve food security, strengthen public financial
management and stimulate local economic development.
Canada and Cuba are exploring the possibility of carrying out cooperative development projects in the areas of
climate change, renewable energy, gender equality and empowering girls and women.
New projects that will reinforce the "fruit production" value chains and support "local economic governance and
entrepreneurship" were recently approved and will be initiated in the coming months.

On Hurricane Matthew aid:


The Government of Canada contributed more than $6.5 million for regional rescue efforts following Hurricane
Matthew, including more than $500,000 to Cuba for drinking water and sanitation facilities, basic shelter and food aid
for residents in the hardest hit regions of the country.

Q8 What is Canada's approach to the promotion of human rights internationally?


Human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent. The advancement of human rights is an integral part of
Canada's constructive engagement in the world.
The Government of Canada is concerned about the state of human rights throughout the world. As a multicultural,
multi-faith and inclusive society, Canada is well positioned to champion peaceful pluralism, respect for diversity, and all
human rights internationally.
Canadian human rights efforts focus on advancing the rights of women and children, those of LGBTI persons and
human rights defenders, freedom of expression- including Internet freedom, freedom of religion or belief, the abolition
of the death penalty, as well as country-specific issues.

-----Original Message-----
From: Jean, Austin -LCBR
Sent: November-28-161:04 PM
To: Sutton, Brendan -NOB; Doust, Stephen -NDB; Pengelly, Robert -NNB
Subject: RE: PCO Request for QP Note on Cuba- Due This Morning

Hi Brendan,

As discussed, please feel free to share the lines I just sent you with missions. Note that these are for reaction to local
media inquiries. All Canadian and International media requests should be sent to media@international.gc.ca.

Thanks
Austin

-----Original Message----
From: Sutton, Brendan -NDB
Sent: November-28-16 12:41 PM
To: Jean, Austin -LCBR; Doust, Stephen -NDB; Pengelly, Robert -NNB
Subject: RE: PCO Request for QP Note on Cuba - Due This Morning

Austin, grateful if you could also let us know if we can share the lines you are working on with Latin American missions.

Thanks,

Brendan

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From: Jean, Austin -LCBR 5.21 (1 )(b)
Sent: November-28-16 12:37 PM
To: Doust, Stephen -NDB; Pengelly, Robert -NNB
Cc: Sutton, Brendan -NDB
Subject: RE: PCO Request for QP Note on Cuba - Due This Morning

I should have something to share shortly... a couple edits from oM INA just came in.

-----Original Message-----
From: Doust, Stephen -NDB
Sent: November-28-16 12:37 PM
To: Pengelly, Robert -NNB; Jean, Austin -LCBR
Cc: Sutton, Brendan -NDB
Subject: RE: PCO Request for QP Note on Cuba - Due This Morning

Austin Jean (copied here) has the latest Q&A lines {latest version we are aware of is below), but not sure if regular
media lines are prepared.

Austin - US missions are looking for media lines on Fidel Castro.

Thx

Stephen

Ql. Why did the PM Statement not address any of the controversial aspects of Fidel Castro's leadership?

Following the death of a public figure, the overwhelming reaction from world leaders is usually to say something
positive.
This is what the Prime Minister did, while also recognizing that Mr. Castro was a controversial figure.
Now, we need to focus on the future of Cuba and find ways to help the Cubans embrace a better society.
The fact that Canada has continued to build our relationship with Cuba over the past decade puts us in a good
position to encourage positive change in Cuba, including making progress in areas of human rights

Q2. Who will Canada send to Mr. Castro's funeral?

We are still discussing the Government of Canada's official representation at Mr. Castro's funeral.

Q3. Can you comment on Canada-Cuba bilateral relations?

Canada is one of Cuba's long-standing partners.


This year marks the 71st anniversary of uninterrupted diplomatic relations.
The ties that exist between our countries and our populations, as a result of millions of Canadians travelling to
Cuba, have led to strong interpersonal relations and a higher level of cooperation in terms of university education,
culture, science and religion.
Canada's long-standing policy with regard to Cuba is bolstered by our unique and historic relationship, and based
on a continuous and respectful commitment.
Canada looks forward to strengthening its ties with Cuba and providing its support to this country as it revisits and
updates its economic and governance systems.
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On Trade relations:
Cuba is Canada's largest export market in Central America and the Caribbean, worth an estimated $495 million per
year, and offers potential for growth.
Canada has the knowledge and technology needed to meet the needs of Cubans in a wide range of sectors,
particularly agri-food products, infrastructure, sustainable technology and life sciences.
The economic reforms underway in Cuba have the potential to provide new trade and investment possibilities to
Canadian businesses.

Q4. What steps is Canada taking to promote human rights in Cuba?

Promoting inclusive and transparent governance, peaceful pluralism, and respect for diversity and for all human
rights are integral parts of Canada's constructive commitment in the world.
The fact that Canada has continued to build our relationship with Cuba over the past decade puts us in a good
position to encourage positive change in Cuba, including making progress in areas of human rights
Canada and Cuba continue to hold an open and frank dialogue about human rights issues, on the basis of mutual
respect.
Canada recognizes Cuba's commitment to social and economic rights and its major accomplishments in health and
education.
However, Canada also insists on the importance of basic political and civil rights.
Human rights issues are raised at regular high-level bilateral policy consultations, the most recent of which was
held in October 2016.
The two countries have similar visions on various issues: the rights of LGBTI communities, gender equality,
including violence against women, and freedom of religion.
In partnership with Cuba, Canada supports a number of local initiatives that encourage dialogue and diverse
opinions. This support focusses on independent cultural spaces, human rights publications, university conferences by
Internet, and diversity.
During his recent visit to Cuba, the Prime Minister took part in a roundtable discussion with organizations from civil
society on human rights issues, including issues involving diversity, race, gender and the LGBTI community.
During this roundtable, representatives from civil society organizations emphasized the importance of Canada's
role as a strategic ally for civil society, including the religious community. They suggested that Canada should continue
to play this role.

QS. Can you comment on Cuba-United States relations?

Canada's approach to Cuban policy differs from that of the United States, and has done so since the early 1960s.
For more than 50 years, it has been Canada's policy to engage in and maintain sound relations with the United States
and Cuba.
Without question, Canada supports the process of normalizing relations initiated by the Obama administration and
encourages discussions between Cuba and the United States in areas of shared interest.
We continue to advocate for lifting all U.S. sanctions against Cuba and rescinding the Helms-Burton Act along with
legislation and policies that isolate Cuba economically.
We are unaware of President-elect Donald Trump's intentions with regard to Cuba or the normalization process.

Q6. What happened during the Prime Minsiter's first visit to Cuba?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made his first official productive visit to Cuba on November 15 and 16. During this
visit, he reinforced Canada's long-standing ties with Cuba and identified a number of areas in which the two countries
could collaborate even more closely.
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During his meetings with President Raul Castro, Prime Minister Trudeau agreed to work with President Castro on
issues associated with climate change, gender equality, and safety and security for the region, in addition to adopting
measures for economic growth in both countries and strengthening the middle class.
The Prime Minister also gave a speech at the University of Havana and answered questions from students, where
he stressed the importance of Canadian values concerning gender equality and building a stronger and more inclusive
society.
The Prime Minister was unable to meet with former President Fidel Castro during his visit. The reason the meeting
did not take place was a private matter.
Although he was unable to meet with Fidel Castro, he did have the honour of meeting three of his sons who
presented him with a souvenir of his father's visit to Cuba in 1976.

Q7. How much aid does Canada provide to Cuba and what does this go towards?

Canada has provided the longest-standing assistance to Cuba and is one of three major bilateral donors to this
country.
Canada plays a key role by supporting Cuba's efforts to improve food security, strengthen public financial
management and stimulate local economic development.
Canada and Cuba are exploring the possibility of carrying out cooperative development projects in the areas of
climate change, renewable energy, gender equality and empowering girls and women.
New projects that will reinforce the "fruit production" value chains and support "local economic governance and
entrepreneurship" were recently approved and will be initiated in the coming months.

On Hurricane Matthew aid:


The Government of Canada contributed more than $6.5 million for regional rescue efforts following Hurricane
Matthew, including more than $500,000 to Cuba for drinking water and sanitation facilities, basic shelter and food aid
for residents in the hardest hit regions of the country.

Q8 What is Canada's approach to the promotion of human rights internationally?

Human rights are universal, indivisible, interdependent and interrelated. The advancement of human rights is
an integral part of Canada's constructive engagement in the world.
The Government of Canada is concerned about the state of human rights throughout the world. As a
multicultural, multi-faith and inclusive society, Canada is well positioned to champion peaceful pluralism, respect for
diversity, and all human rights internationally.
Canadian human rights efforts focus on advancing the rights of women and children, those of LGBTI persons
and human rights defenders, freedom of expression- including Internet freedom, freedom of religion or belief, the
abolition of the death penalty, as well as country-specific issues in countries where human rights violations are
particularly egregious.

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El primer ministro Justin Trudeau hizo las siguientes declaraciones hoy tras el anuncio
de la muerte del ex presidente cubano Fidel Castro:
Antananarivo, Madagascar
26 de Noviembre de 2016

"Con profunda tristeza conoci hoy sobre Ia muerte de Fidel Castro, el Cubano que mas tiempo ha
ocupado el cargo de Presidente.
"Fidel Castro es un lider que trasciende su tiempo y que ha pasado casi medio siglo al servicio de Ia
poblaci6n cubana. Fue un legendario revolucionario y orador. El Sr. Castro tambien hizo mejoras
significativas a Ia educaci6n y a Ia atenci6n de Ia salud de su pueblo.
"A pesar de ser una figura polemica, sus partidarios y sus detractores reconocen su amory su
inmensa dedicaci6n al pueblo de Cuba, que a su vez, siente un afecto profunda y duradero hacia" El
Comandante ".
"Se que mi padre estaba muy orgulloso de llamarle Amigo, y tuve Ia oportunidad de conocer a Fidel
cuando mi padre falleci6. Tambien fue un verdadero honor conocer a sus tres hijos y a su hermano,
el Presidente Raul Castro, durante mi reciente visita a Cuba.
"En nombre de todos los canadienses, Sophie y yo ofrecemos nuestras mas profundas condolencias
a Ia familia y amigos del Sr. Castro y a las muchas personas que lo apoyaron. Hoy lloramos con el
pueblo de Cuba Ia perdida de este notable lider. "

http://pm.gc.ca/eng/news/2016/11/26/statement-prime-minister-canada-death-former-cuban-president-fidel-castro

Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the death of former Cuban President
Fidel Castro
Antananarivo, Madagascar
November 26, 2016
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the death of former
Cuban President Fidel Castro:

"It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba's longest serving President.

"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.

"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".

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"I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet Fidel when my
father passed away. It was also a real honour to meet his three sons and his brother President Raul
Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.

"On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and
many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in mourning the loss of this
remarkable leader."

http://pm.gc.ca/fra/nouvelles/2016/11/26/declaration-du-premier-ministre-du-canada-deces-de-lancien-president-
cubain

Declaration du premier ministre du Canada sur le deces de 1' ancien president cubain,
Fidel Castro
Antananarivo (Madagascar)
26 novembre 2016
Le premier ministre Justin Trudeau a fait aujourd'hui Ia declaration suivante suite a l'annonce du
deces de I' ancien president cubain, Fidel Castro :

C'est avec une profonde tristesse que j'ai appris aujourd 'hui Ia mort du president cubain ayant le
plus longtemps exerce cette fonction .

Fidel Castro, leader plus grand que nature, a consacre pres d'un demi-siecle au service du peuple
cubain. Revolutionnaire et orateur legendaire, M. Castro a realise d'importants progres dans les
domaines de I' education et des soins de sante sur son lie natale .

Bien qu'il etait une figure controversee, ses supporters et ses detracteurs reconnaissaient son
amour et son devouement immenses envers le peuple cubain, qui eprouvait une affection profonde
et durable pour "el Comandante".

Je sais que mon pere eta it tres fier de le considerer comme un ami, et j'ai eu I' occasion de
rencontrer Fidellorsque mon pere est decede. Ce fut aussi un veritable honneur de rencontrer ses
trois fils et son frere, le president Raul Castro, au cours de rna recente visite Cuba. a
Au nom de tous les Canadiens, Sophie et moi offrons nos plus sinceres condoleances Ia famille a
et aux amis de M. Castro ainsi qu'aux nombreuses personnes qui l'appuyaient. Aujourd'hui, nous
pleurons avec le peuple de Cuba Ia perte d'un leader remarquable.

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From: Morrison, David -NGM


Sent: November-26-16 5:03 PM
To: Paradis, Mylene -NDB
Cc: Berard, Isabelle -NOD; Doust, Stephen -NDB
Subject: Re: MINA TPs for your review

-the statements from leaders around the world since his death was announced Friday evening is testament
Fidel Castro's status as a historic figure.

From: Paradis, Mylene -NDB


Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2016 4:36PM
To: Morrison, David -NGM
Cc: Berard, Isabelle -NDD; Doust, Stephen -NDB
Subject: MINA TPs for your review

MINA- Entrevue avec Radio Canada

Deces du President Fidel Castro

Le premier ministre, dans sa declaration suivant le deces de I' ancien president


cubain, a note qu'il avait realise d'importants progres dans les domaines de
I' education et des soins de sante sur son Tie natale.

II a aussi souligne que, bien qu'il fOt une figure controversee, ses supporters et
ses detracteurs reconnaissaient son amour et son devouement envers le peuple
cubain.
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II a egalement note les liens etroits qui unissent les families Trudeau et Castro.

D'ailleurs, a !'occasion de sa recente visite a Cuba, le Premier ministre Trudeau


a prononce un discours a I'Universite de Ia Havane au cours duquel il a discute
des liens entre les deux families.

II a rappele que son pere, Pierre Elliott, avait visite Cuba en 1976 alors qu'il etait
premier ministre et avait developpe une relation avec le Comandante Fidel.

II a souligne que cette relation etait basee sur des heures de debats honnetes,
ouverts, transparents et passionnes.

En reponse aIa representation du Canada aux funerail/es

Nous examinons toujours Ia question de Ia representation officielle du


gouvernement du Canada aux funerailles de M. Castro.

Relations bilaterales

Le Canada est un partenaire de longue date de Cuba.

Cette an nee marque le 71 e anniversaire de relations diplomatiques


ininterrompues.

Les liens qui existent entre nos pays et nos populations, qui resultent
notamment des millions de Canadiens qui voyagent a Cuba, ont donne lieu a de
solides relations interpersonnelles et a une cooperation plus poussee sur les
plans universitaire, culture!, scientifique et religieux.

La politique de longue date du Canada a l'egard de Cuba repose sur notre


relation unique et historique, ainsi que sur un engagement continu et
respectueux.

Le Canada se rejouit d'approfondir ses liens avec Cuba et de soutenir ce pays


pendant qu'il revoit et actualise son systeme economique et son systeme de
gouvernance.

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Droits de Ia personne s.21 (1 )(b)

La promotion d'une gouvernance inclusive et transparente, d'un pluralisme


pacifique, du respect de Ia diversite et de taus les droits de Ia personne fait
partie integrante de I' engagement constructif du Canada dans le monde.

Le Canada et Cuba poursuivent un dialogue ouvert et franc au sujet des


questions relatives aux droits de Ia personne, sur Ia base d'un respect mutuel.

Le Canada reconnalt I' engagement de Cuba envers les droits sociaux et


economiques, avec des realisations importantes dans les secteurs de Ia sante et
de !'education.

Toutefois, le Canada insiste egalement sur !'importance des droits civiques et


politiques de base.

Les questions relatives aux droits de l'homme sont sou levees Iars de
consultations politiques bilaterales regulieres de haut niveau - Ia derniere etant
en octobre 2016.

Les deux pays ont d'ailleurs des visions similaires sur differents enjeux: les
droits des communautes LGBTI, l'egalite des sexes, incluant Ia violence faite aux
femmes, et Ia liberte de religion.

Le Canada soutient en partenariat avec Cuba un certain nombre d'initiatives


locales favorisant le dialogue et Ia diversite des opinions. Ce soutien porte
notamment sur des espaces culturels independants, des publications sur les
droits de Ia personne, des conferences universitaires sur Internet et sur Ia
diversite.

Dans le cadre de sa recente visite a Cuba, le premier ministre a participe a une


table ronde avec des organismes de Ia societe civile pour discuter des questions
de droits de Ia personne, y compris des questions de diversite, de race, des
questions touchant le genre et Ia communaute LGBTI.

Pendant cette table ronde, les representants des organismes de Ia societe civile
ont souligne !'importance du role que le Canada joue en tant qu'allie strategique
pour Ia societe civile, y compris pour Ia communaute religieuse. lis ont d'ailleurs
suggere que le role du Canada soit maintenu.

Relations Cuba - Etats-Unis


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Le Canada appuie sans conteste le processus de normalisation qui s'est amerce


sous !'administration Obama et encourage les echanges entre Cuba et les Etats-
Unis dans les secteurs d'interet commun.

Nous continuons a defendre Ia levee totale des sanctions americaines centre


Cuba et de Ia Loi Helms-Burton, ainsi que des legislations et politiques qui
isolent Cuba economiquement.

Nous ne connaissons pas les intentions du president-elu Donald Trump vis-a-vis


Cuba, ni face au processus de normalisation.

Nous souhaitons que Ia nouvelle administration americaine poursuive le


processus de normalisation en cours et trouve un terrain commun en vue
d'ameliorer les relations entre les deux pays.

Visite du premier ministre

Le premier ministre Justin Trudeau a fait une premiere visite officielle productive
a Cuba le 15 et 16 novembre derniers. Durant cette visite, il a renforce les liens
de longue date que le Canada entretient avec Cuba, et a identifie un certain
nombre de domaines ou les deux pays pourraient collaborer de fagon encore
plus etroite.

Au cours de ses rencontres avec le president Raul Castro, le premier ministre


Trudeau a accepte de travailler avec le president Castro sur les enjeux relatifs
aux changements climatiques, a l'egalite des sexes, a Ia surete et securite pour
Ia region, en plus d'adopter des mesures pour faire croTtre les deux economies
et pour renforcer Ia classe moyenne.

Le premier ministre a egalement prononce un discours a I'Universite de La


Havane et repondu aux questions des etudiants, ou il a insiste sur !'importance
des valeurs canadiennes en lien avec l'egalite des sexes, et !'edification d'une
societe plus forte et plus inclusive.

Le premier ministre n'a pas pu rencontrer !'ancien president Fidel Castro lors de
sa visite. La raison pour laquelle Ia reunion n'a pas eu lieu etait privee.

Bien qu'il n'ait pu rencontrer Fidel Castro, il a eu l'honneur de rencontrer trois de


ses fils, qui lui ont presente un souvenir de Ia visite de son pere a Cuba en 1976.

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Relations commerciales

Cuba est le plus gros marche d'exportation du Canada en Amerique centrale et


dans les Cara'ibes, evalue a environ 495 millions de dollars par annee, et il offre
un potentiel de croissance.

Le Canada possede le savoir-faire et Ia technologie necessaires pour repondre


aux besoins cubains dans tout un eventail de secteurs, notamment ceux des
produits agroalimentaires, de !'infrastructure, de Ia technologie durable et des
sciences de Ia vie.

Les reformes economiques en cours a Cuba ont le potentiel d'offrir de nouvelles


possibilites en matiere de commerce et d'investissement aux entreprises
canadiennes.

Aide humanitaire et secours a Cuba (ouragan Matthew)


Le gouvernement du Canada a verse plus de 6,5 millions de dollars pour les
secours regionaux apres l'ouragan Matthew, dont plus de 500 000 $ a Cuba,
pour de l'eau potable et des installations sanitaires, des abris de base et une
aide ali menta ire destines aux gens des regions les plus touchees du pays.

Cooperation en matiere de developpement

Le Canada est le pays qui donne depuis le plus longtemps a Cuba et l'un des
trois principaux donateurs bilateraux dans ce pays.

Le Canada joue un role cle en soutenant les efforts que fait Cuba pour ameliorer
Ia securite alimentaire, renforcer Ia gestion des finances publiques et stimuler le
developpement economique local.

Le Canada et Cuba explorent Ia possibilite de mener des projets de cooperation


en matiere de developpement dans les domaines du changement climatique, de
l'energie renouvelable, de l'egalite des sexes et de l'autonomisation des femmes
et des filles.

De nouveaux projets qui renforceront les chaines de valeur de Ia production


fruitiere et soutiendront Ia gouvernance economique locale et l'entreprenariat
ont recemment ete approuves et seront lances au cours des prochains mois.

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5.21 (1 )(b)
Q&A - Death of Fidel Castro

Q1. Why did the PM Statement not address any of the controversial
aspects of Fidel Castro's leadership?

The Prime Minister recognized that Fidel Castro was an influential


and controversial figure.
Canadians have had an unwavering commitment to the Cuban
people for decadesf and that includes past governments.
Canada has made human rights a priority and will continue to
champion their respect, including in Cubaf where we will continue to

It is because of his strong relationship with the Cuban people that our
Prime Minister is in a good position to support

Canada will focus on the future of Cuba and find ways to help the
Cubans build a better society.
Canada will work for positive changef including making progress in
areas of human rights

Q2. Who will Canada send to Mr. Castro's funeral?

Refer to GG's announcement:


https://www. gg. ca/docu ment. aspx?id= 16648&1an=eng

Q3. Can you comment on Canada-Cuba bilateral relations?

Canada is one of Cubafs long-standing partners.


This year marks the 71st anniversary of uninterrupted diplomatic
relations.
The ties that exist between our countries and our populations, as
a result of millions of Canadians travelling to Cuba, have led to
strong interpersonal relations and a higher level of cooperation in
terms of university education, culture, science and religion.
Canada's long-standing policy with regard to Cuba is bolstered by our
unique and historic relationshipf and based on a continuous and
respectful commitment.

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Canada looks forward to strengthening its ties with Cuba and


providing its support to this country as it revisits and updates its
economic and governance systems.

On Trade relations:

Cuba is Canada's largest export market in Central America and the


Caribbean, worth an estimated $495 million per year, and
offers potential for growth.
Canada has the knowledge and technology needed to meet the
needs of Cubans in a wide range of sectors, particularly agri-food
products, infrastructure, sustainable technology and life sciences.
The economic reforms underway in Cuba have the potential to
provide new trade and investment possibilities to Canadian
businesses.

Q4. What steps is Canada taking to promote human rights


in Cuba?

Promoting inclusive and transparent governance, peaceful pluralism,


and respect for diversity and for all human rights are integral parts of
Canada's constructive commitment in the world.
The fact that Canada has continued to build our relationship with
Cuba over the past decade puts us in a good position to encourage
positive change in Cuba, including making progress in areas of
human rights
Human rights tssues are ratsea at regular high-level bilateral policy
consultations, the most recent of which was held in October 2016.
Canada supports a number of local initiatives that encourage
dialogue and diverse opinions. This support focusses on independent
cultural spaces, human rights publications, university conferences by
Internet, and diversity.
During his recent visit to Cuba, the Prime Minister took part in a
roundtable discussion with organizations from civil society on human
rights issues, including issues involving diversity, race, gender and
the LGBTI community.

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During this roundtable, representatives from civil society


organizations emphasized the importance of Canada's role as a
strategic ally for civil society, including the religious community. They
suggested that Canada should continue to play this role.

QS. Can you comment on Cuba-United States relations?

Canada's approach to Cuban policy differs from that of the United


States, and has done so since the early 1960s. For more than 50
years, it has been Canada's policy to engage Cuba.
Canada supports the process of normalizing relations and
encourages discussions between Cuba and the United States in
areas of shared interest.
We continue to advocate for lifting all U.S. sanctions against Cuba
and rescinding the Helms-Burton Act along with legislation and
policies that isolate Cuba economically.

Q6. What happened during the Prime Minister's first visit to Cuba?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made his first official productive visit to
Cuba on November 15 and 16. During this visit, he reinforced
Canada's long-standing ties with Cuba and identified a number of
areas in which the two countries could collaborate even more closely.
During his meetings with President Raul Castro, Prime Minister
Trudeau agreed to work with President Castro on issues associated
with climate change, gender equality, and safety and security for the
region, in addition to adopting measures for economic growth in both
countries and strengthening the middle class.
The Prime Minister also gave a speech at the University of Havana
and answered questions from students, where he stressed the
importance of Canadian values concerning gender equality and
building a stronger and more inclusive society.
The Prime Minister was unable to meet with former President Fidel
Castro during his visit. The reason the meeting did not take place was
a private matter.
Although he was unable to meet with Fidel Castro, he did have the
honour of meeting three of his sons who presented him with a
souvenir of his father's visit to Cuba in 1976.

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Q7. How much aid does Canada provide to Cuba and what does this
go towards?

Canada has the longest-standing development cooperation program


in Cuba and is one of the top three bilateral donors to this country.
Canada plays a key role by supporting Cuba's efforts to increase food
security, strengthen public financial management and stimulate
sustainable economic growth.
Canada and Cuba are exploring opportunities to work together on
development cooperation projects in the areas of climate change,
renewable energy, gender equality and empowering girls and women.
A project that will strengthen fruit production value chains was
recently approved and will be initiated in the coming months.

On Hurricane Matthew aid:

The Government of Canada contributed more than $6.5 million for


regional rescue efforts following Hurricane Matthew, including more
than $500,000 to Cuba for drinking water and sanitation facilities,
basic shelter and food aid for residents in the hardest hit regions of
the country.

QS What is Canada's approach to the promotion of human rights


internationally?

Human rights are universal, indivisible and interdependent. The


advancement of human rights is an integral part of Canada's
constructive engagement in the world.
The Government of Canada is concerned about the state of human
rights throughout the world. As a multicultural, multi-faith and
inclusive society, Canada is well positioned to champion peaceful
pluralism, respect for diversity, and all human rights internationally.
Canadian human rights efforts focus on advancing the rights of
women and children, those of LGBTI persons and human rights
defenders, freedom of expression- including Internet freedom,
freedom of religion or belief, the abolition of the death penalty, as well
as country-specific issues.

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Laberge, Raphaelle -NDB

From: Sutton, Brendan -NDB


Sent: November-28-161:01 PM
To: Asselin, Karine -PANAM -HOM/CDM
Cc: Chavez, Teresita -PANAM -GR; Doust, Stephen -NDB
Subject: FW: PM Statement on death of Castro

Ambassador,

Here is the guidance we've been able to provide to missions thus far.

Cheers,

Brendan

From: Sutton, Brendan -NDB


Sent: November-28-16 12:49 PM
To: Guay, Karolina -GTMLA -GR; Dandurand, candice -BGOTA -GR; Domanski, Anna Lise -HAVAN -GR; Mayrand, Helene
-STAGO -GR; Kendrick, Eric -QUITO -GR; Kowalik, Craig -CRCAS -GR
Cc: Doust, Stephen -NDB
Subject: RE: PM Statement on death of castro

Thanks Carolina. GAC comms is working on new media lines which will be circulated to missions very soon.

Regarding the PM's press release, we are consulting with NDD but I would recommend notre-posting it at the moment,
based in part on discussions with GAC comms.

On HOMs signing the condolence books, no concerns have been identified. HQ is recommending that M!NA and USS
sign, and others including DME and possibly the House Speaker Regan will sign here in Ottawa.

Brendan

From: Guay, Karolina -GTMLA -GR


Sent: November-28-16 12:30 PM
To: Sutton, Brendan -NDB; Dandurand, Candice -BGOTA -GR; Domanski, Anna Lise -HAVAN -GR; Mayrand, Helene-
STAGO -GR; Kendrick, Eric -QUITO -GR; Kowalik, Craig -CRCAS -GR
Cc: Doust, Stephen -NDB
Subject: RE: PM Statement on death of castro

We are not issuing at this point. Brendan (hil) if you could also check if there are recommendation regardmg
message on condolences book, please pass along, as per my HOM request.

From: Sutton, Brendan -NDB


Sent: November-28-16 11:19 AM
To: Dandurand, Candice -BGOTA -GR; Domanski, Anna Lise -HAVAN -GR; Guay, Karolina -GTMLA GR; Mayrand, Helene
-STAGO -GR; Kendrick, Eric -QUITO -GR; Kowalik, Craig -CRCAS -GR
Cc: Doust, Stephen -NDB
Subject: RE: PM Statement on death of Castro

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Hi Candice. I will get back to you as soon as possible on this as we are checking with GAC comms and PCO.

Brendan

From: Dandurand, candice -BGOTA -GR


Sent: November-28-16 12:05 PM
To: Domanski, Anna Lise -HAVAN -GR; Guay, Karolina -GTMLA -GR; Mayrand, Helene -STAGO -GR; Kendrick, Eric-
QUITO -GR; Kowalik, Craig -CRCAS -GR
Cc: Sutton, Brendan -NDB
Subject: Re: PM Statement on death of Castro

Thanks Anna Lise.

Brendan, is HQ providing any guidance on this or is every mission deciding for themselves whether to share
this statement (as we would normally do with all other statements)

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone.

From: Domanski, Anna Lise -HAVAN -GR


Sent: Monday, November 28, 2016 11:39 AM
To: Dandurand, Candice -BGOTA -GR; Guay, Karolina -GTMLA -GR; Mayrand, Helene -STAGO -GR; Kendrick, Eric -QUITO
-GR; Kowalik, Craig -CRCAS -GR
Cc: Sutton, Brendan -NDB
Subject: RE: PM Statement on death of castro

Hi Candice,

It's Brendan Sutton, I'm copying him here and pasting our courtesy translation of the statement below.

Anna Lise

El primer ministro Justin Trudeau hizo las siguientes declaraciones hoy tras el anuncio
de la muerte del ex presidente cubano Fidel Castro:
Antananarivo, Madagascar
26 de Noviembre de 2016

"Con profunda tristeza conod hoy sobre Ia muerte de Fidel Castro, el Cubano que mas tiempo ha
ocupado el cargo de Presidente.

"Fidel Castro es un lider que trasciende su tiempo y que ha pasado casi medio siglo al servicio de Ia
poblaci6n cubana. Fue un legendario revolucionario y orador. El Sr. Castro tambiem hizo mejoras
significativas a Ia educaci6n y a Ia atenci6n de Ia salud de su pueblo.

"A pesar de ser una figura polemica, sus partidarios y sus detractores reconocen su amory su
inmensa dedicaci6n al pueblo de Cuba, que a su vez, siente un afecto profunda y duradero hacia" El
Comandante ".

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"Se que mi padre estaba muy orgulloso de llamarle Amigo, y tuve Ia oportunidad de conocer a Fidel
cuando mi padre falleci6. Tambien fue un verdadero honor conocer a sus tres hijos y a su hermano,
el Presidente Raul Castro, durante mi reciente visita a Cuba.

"En nombre de todos los canadienses, Sophie y yo ofrecemos nuestras mas profundas condolencias
a Ia familia y amigos del Sr. Castro y a las muchas personas que lo apoyaron. Hoy lloramos con el
pueblo de Cuba Ia perdida de este notable lfder."

From: Dandurand, candice -BGOTA -GR


Sent: November-28-16 10:43 AM
To: Domanski, Anna Lise -HAVAN -GR; Guay, Karolina -GTMLA -GR; Mayrand, Helene -STAGO -GR; Kendrick, Eric-
QUITO -GR; Kowalik, Craig -CRCAS -GR
Subject: PM Statement on death of castro

Colleagues,

I wanted to check in with you all to see if your missions are posting the PM's statement on your respective FB pages?
Has there been any guidance on this?

Anna Lisa, who is the Cuba desk officer? I can't find it on team info.

Candice

Candice Dandurand
Second Secretry (Political) 1 Deuxieme Secretaire (Politique) 1 Segunda Secretaria (Politica)
Canadian Embassy in Colombia 1 Ambassade du Canada en Colombie 1 Embajada de Canada en Colombia
Tel: (57) 657-98121 Cell: 317-658-9347
Carrera 7 no. 114-33 Piso 14, Bogota
Email: candice.dandurand@mternatlonal.gc.ca

Twitter: @CanadaColombia (ENG), @CanadaColombie (FR), @CanadayColombia (ESP)


Facebook: CanadainColombia (ENG), CanadaenColombia (FR), Embajada de Canada en Colombia (ESP)

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5.21 (1 )(b)

Cabinet du Office of the


Premier ministre Prime Minister

Ottawa, Canada K1AOA2

Statement
For Immediate Release

STATEMENT BY THE PRIME MINISTER OF CANADA ON THE DEATH


OF FORMER CUBAN PRESIDENT FIDEL CASTRO

November 26, 2016 Ottawa, Ontario Prime Minister's Office

The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today issued the following statement on the death
of former Cuban President Fidel Castro:

"It is with deep sorrow that I learned today of the death of Cuba's longest serving
President.

"Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who


A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr.
Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island
nation.

"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".

"I know my father was very proud to call him a friend and I had the opportunity to meet
Fidel when my father passed away. la-AHt was a real honour to meet his three sons and
his brother President Raul Castro during my recent visit to Cuba.

"On behalf of all Canadians, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to the family,
friends and many, many supporters of Mr. Castro. We join the people of Cuba today in
mourning the loss of this ~emarkable leader."

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PMO Media Relations: 613-957-5555


This document is also available at http://pm.gc.ca

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s.15(1 ) - International
s .21 (1)(b)

Relations bilaterales

Le Canada est un partenaire de longue date de Cuba.

Cette an nee marque le 71 e anniversaire de relations diplomatiques


ininterrompues.

Les liens qui existent entre nos pays et nos populations, qui resultent
notamment des millions de Canadiens qui voyagent a Cuba, ont
a
donne lieu de solides relations interpersonnelles et une a
cooperation plus poussee sur les plans universitaire, culture!,
scientifique et religieux.

La politique de longue date du Canada a l'egard de Cuba repose sur


notre relation unique et historique, ainsi que sur un engagement
continu et respectueux.

Le Canada se rejouit d'approfondir ses liens avec Cuba et de


soutenir ce pays pendant qu'il revoit et actualise son systeme
economique et son systeme de gouvernance.

Droits de Ia personne

La promotion d'une gouvernance inclusive et transparente, d'un


pluralisme pacifique, du respect de Ia diversite et de tous les droits de
Ia personne fait partie integrante de I' engagement constructif du
Canada dans le monde.

Le Canada et Cuba poursuivent un dialogue ouvert et franc au sujet


des questions relatives aux droits de Ia personne, sur Ia base d'un
respect mutuel.

Le Canada reconnal t !'engagement de Cuba envers les droits


sociaux et economiques, avec des realisations importantes dans les
secteurs de Ia sante et de I' education.

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MINA- Entrevue avec Radio Canada

Deces du President Fidel Castro

a
Des leaders de partout dans le monde ant reagi Ia mort de Fidel
Castro depuis I' an nonce faite vendredi soir, temoignant ainsi du statut
de figure historique de I' ancien president cubain.

Le premier ministre Trudeau, dans sa declaration, a note que Fidel


Castro avait realise d'importants progres dans les domaines de
I' education et des soins de sante sur son Tie natale.

II a aussi souligne que, bien qu'il tat une figure controversee, ses
supporters et ses detracteurs reconnaissaient son amour et son
devouement envers le peuple cubain.

II a egalement note les liens etroits qui unissent les families Trudeau
et Castro.

a a
D'ailleurs, !'occasion de sa recente visite Cuba, le Premier
ministre Trudeau a prononce un discours a I'Universite de Ia Havane
au cours duquel il a discute des liens entre les deux families.

II a rappele que son pere, Pierre Elliott, avait visite Cuba en 1976
alors qu'il etait premier ministre et avait developpe une relation avec
le Comandante Fidel.

II a souligne que cette relation etait basee sur des heures de debats
honnetes, ouverts, transparents et passionnes.

En reponse a Ia representation du Canada aux funerailles


Nous examinons toujours Ia question de Ia representation officielle du
gouvernement du Canada aux funerailles de M. Castro.

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Toutefois, le Canada insiste egalement sur !'importance des droits


civiques et politiques de base.

Les questions relatives aux droits de Ia personne sont soulevees lors


de consultations politiques bilaterales regulieres de haut niveau - Ia
derniere ayant eu lieu en octobre 2016.

Les deux pays ont d'ailleurs des visions similaires sur differents
enjeux: les droits des communautes LGBTI , l'egalite des sexes,
incluant Ia violence faite aux femmes, et Ia liberte de religion.

Le Canada soutient, en partenariat avec Cuba, un certain nombre


d'initiatives locales favorisant le dialogue et Ia diversite des opinions.
Ce soutien porte notamment sur des espaces culturels independants,
des publications sur les droits de Ia personne, des conferences
universitaires sur Internet et sur Ia diversite.

Dans le cadre de sa recente visite a Cuba, le premier ministre a


participe a une table ronde avec des organismes de Ia societe civile
pour discuter des questions de droits de Ia personne, y compris des
questions de diversite, de race, des questions touchant le genre et Ia
communaute LGBTI.

Pendant cette table ronde, les representants des organismes de Ia


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societe civile ont souligne 1 importance du role que le Canada joue en
tant qu'allie strategique pour Ia societe civile, y compris pour Ia
communaute religieuse. lis ont d'ailleurs suggere que le role du
Canada soit maintenu.

Relations Cuba - Etats-Unis

Les approches du Canada et des Etats-Unis envers Ia politique


cubaine divergent, et ce depuis le debut des annees 1960. Depuis
plus de 50 ans, Ia politique du Canada a ete de s'engager et de
maintenir de bonnes relations avec les Etats-Unis et Cuba.

Le Canada appuie sans conteste le processus de normalisation qui


s'est amerce sous !'administration Obama et encourage les echanges
entre Cuba et les Etats-Unis dans les secteurs d'interet commun.

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Nous continuons a defendre Ia levee totale des sanctions


americaines contre Cuba et de Ia Loi Helms-Burton, ainsi que des
legislations et politiques qui isolent Cuba economiquement.

Nous ne connaissons pas les intentions du president-elu Donald


Trump vis-a-vis Cuba, ni face au processus de normalisation.

Nous souhaitons que Ia nouvelle administration americaine poursuive


le processus de normalisation en cours et trouve un terrain commun
en vue d'ameliorer les relations entre les deux pays.

Visite du premier ministre

Le premier ministre Justin Trudeau a fait une premiere visite officielle


productive a Cuba les 15 et 16 novembre derniers. Durant cette
visite, il a renforce les liens de longue date que le Canada entretient
avec Cuba, et a identifie un certain nombre de domaines ou les deux
pays pourraient collaborer de fagon encore plus etroite.

Au cours de ses rencontres avec le president Raul Castro, le premier


ministre Trudeau a accepte de travailler avec le president Castro sur
les enjeux relatifs aux changements climatiques, a l'egalite des
sexes, a Ia sQrete et securite pour Ia region, en plus d'adopter des
mesures pour faire croitre les deux economies et pour renforcer Ia
classe moyenne.

Le premier ministre a egalement prononce un discours a I'Universite


de La Havane et repondu aux questions des etudiants, ou il a insiste
sur !'importance des valeurs canadiennes en lien avec l'egalite des
sexes, et I'edification d'une societe plus forte et plus inclusive.

Le premier ministre n'a pas pu rencontrer !'ancien president Fidel


Castro lors de sa visite. La raison pour laquelle Ia reunion n'a pas eu
lieu etait privee.

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Bien qu'il n'ait pu rencontrer Fidel Castro, il a eu l'honneur de


rencontrer trois de ses fils, qui lui ont presente un souvenir de Ia
a
visite de son pere Cuba en 1976.

Relations commerciales

Cuba est le plus gros marche d'exportation du Canada en Amerique


centrale et dans les CaraTbes, evalue a environ 495 millions de
dollars par annee, et il offre un potentiel de croissance.

Le Canada possede le savoir-faire et Ia technologie necessaires pour


repondre aux besoins cubains dans tout un eventail de secteurs,
notamment ceux des produits agroalimentaires, de I' infrastructure, de
Ia technologie durable et des sciences de Ia vie.

Les reformes economiques en cours a Cuba ont le potentiel d' offrir


de nouvelles possibilites en matiere de commerce et
d'investissement aux entreprises canadiennes.

Aide humanitaire et secours a Cuba (ouragan Matthew)

Le gouvernement du Canada a verse plus de 6,5 millions de dollars


pour les secours regionaux apres l'ouragan Matthew, dont plus de
500 000 $a Cuba, pour de l'eau potable et des installations
sanitaires, des abris de base et une aide alimentaire destines aux
gens des regions les plus touchees du pays.

Cooperation en matiere de developpement

Le Canada est le pays qui fournit de !'assistance depuis le plus


longtemps a Cuba et l'un des trois principaux donateurs bilateraux
dans ce pays.

Le Canada joue un role cle en soutenant les efforts que fait Cuba
pour ameliorer Ia securite alimentaire, renforcer Ia gestion des
finances publiques et stimuler le developpement economique local.

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Le Canada et Cuba explorent Ia possibilite de mener des projets de


cooperation en matiere de developpement dans les domaines du
changement climatique, de l'energie renouvelable, de l'egalite des
sexes et de l'autonomisation des femmes et des filles.

De nouveaux projets qui renforceront les chaines de valeur de Ia


production fruitiere et soutiendront Ia gouvernance economique
locale et l'entreprenariat ont recemment ete approuves et seront
lances au cours des prochains mois.

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Ml NA - Interview with CBC/Rad io-Canada

Death of President Fidel Castro

The reactions of leaders from around the world to the news of Fidel
Castro's death, announced Friday night, are a testament to the
former Cuban President's status as a historical figure.

In his statement, Prime Minister Trudeau noted that Fidel Castro had
made significant progress in the areas of education and health care
on his home island.

The Prime Minister also pointed out that, although Fidel Castro was a
controversial figure, both his supporters and his critics acknowledged
his love for and dedication to the Cuban people.

He also noted the close ties that bind the Trudeau and Castro
families.

During his recent visit to Cuba, Prime Minister Trudeau gave a


speech at the University of Havana in which he spoke of these ties
between the two families.

He recalled that his father, Pierre Elliot, had visited Cuba in 1976
when he was Prime Minister and had forged a relationship with
Comandante Fidel.

He explained that their relationship was based on hours of honest,


open, transparent and impassioned debates.

In response to Canada's representation at the funeral

We are still discussing the Government of Canada's official


representation at Mr. Castro's funeral.

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5.21 (1 )(b)

Bilateral relations

Canada is one of Cuba's long-standing partners.

This year marks the 71 5 t anniversary of uninterrupted diplomatic


relations.

The ties that exist between our countries and our populations, as a
result of millions of Canad.ians travelling to Cuba, have led to strong
interpersonal relations and a higher level of cooperation in terms of
university education , culture, science and religion.

Canada's long-standing policy with regard to Cuba is bolstered by our


unique and historic relationship, and based on a continuous and
respectful commitment.

Canada looks forward to strengthening its ties with Cuba and


providing its support to this country as it revisits and updates its
economic and governance systems.

Human rights l

Promoting inclusive and transparent governance, peaceful pluralism,


and respect for diversity and for all human rights are integral parts of
Canada's constructive commitment in the world.

Canada and Cuba continue to hold an open and frank dialogue about
human rights issues, on the basis of mutual respect.

Canada recognizes Cuba's commitment to social and economic


rights and its major accomplishments in health and education.

However, Canada also insists on the importance of basic political and


civil rights.

Human rights issues are raised at regular high-level bilateral policy


consultations, the most recent of which was held in October 2016.

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The two countries have similar visions on various issues: the rights of
LGBTI communities, gender equality, including violence against
women, and freedom of religion.

In partnership with Cuba, Canada supports a number of local


initiatives that encourage dialogue and diverse opinions. This support
focusses on independent cultural spaces, human rights publications,
university conferences by Internet, and diversity.

During his recent visit to Cuba, the Prime Minister took part in a
roundtable discussion with organizations from civil society on human
rights issues, including issues involving diversity, race, gender and
the LGBTI community.

During this roundtable, representatives from civil society


organizations emphasized the importance of Canada's role as a
strategic ally for civil society, including the religious community. They
suggested that Canada should continue to play this role.

Relations between Cuba and the United States

Canada's approach to Cuban policy differs from that of the United


States, and has done so since the early 1960s. For more than 50
years, it has been Canada's policy to engage in and maintain sound
relations with the United States and Cuba.

Without question, Canada supports the process of normalizing


relations initiated by the Obama administration and encourages
discussions between Cuba and the United States in areas of shared
interest.

We continue to advocate for lifting all U.S. sanctions against Cuba


and rescinding the Helms-Burlon Act along with legislation and
policies that isolate Cuba economically.

We are unaware of President-elect Donald Trump's intentions with


regard to Cuba or the normalization process.

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We hope that the new administration in the United States will


continue the normalization process already underway and find
common ground in order to improve relations between the two
countries.

Prime Minister's visit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made his first official productive visit to
Cuba on November 15 and 16. During this visit, he reinforced
Canada's long-standing ties with Cuba and identified a number of
areas in which the two countries could collaborate even more closely.

During his meetings with President Raul Castro, Prime Minister


Trudeau agreed to work with President Castro on issues associated
with climate change, gender equality, and safety and security for the
region, in addition to adopting measures for economic growth in both
countries and strengthening the middle class.

The Prime Minister also gave a speech at the University of Havana


and answered questions from students, where he stressed the
importance of Canadian values concerning gender equality and
building a stronger and more inclusive society.

The Prime Minister was unable to meet with former President Fidel
Castro during his visit. The reason the meeting did not take place was
a private matter.

Although he was unable to meet with Fidel Castro, he did have the
honour of meeting three of his sons who presented him with a
souvenir of his father's visit to Cuba in 1976.

Trade relations

Cuba is Canada's largest export market in Central America and the


Caribbean, worth an estimated $495 million per year, and offers
potential for growth.

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Canada has the knowledge and technology needed to meet the


needs of Cubans in a wide range of sectors, particularly agri-food
products, infrastructure, sustainable technology and life sciences.

The economic reforms underway in Cuba have the potential to


provide new trade and investment possibilities to Canadian
businesses.

Humanitarian aid and rescue in Cuba (Hurricane Matthew)

The Government of Canada contributed more than $6.5 million for


regional rescue efforts following Hurricane Matthew, including more
than $500,000 to Cuba for drinking water and sanitation facilities,
basic shelter and food aid for residents in the hardest hit regions of
the country.

Cooperation for development

Canada has provided the longest-standing assistance to Cuba and is


one of three major bilateral donors to this country.

Canada plays a key role by supporting Cuba's efforts to improve food


security, strengthen public financial management and stimulate local
economic development.

Canada and Cuba are exploring the possibility of carrying out


cooperative development projects in the areas of climate change,
renewable energy, gender equality and empowering girls and women.

New projects that will reinforce the "fruit production" value chains and
support "local economic governance and entrepreneurship" were
recently approyed and will be initiated in the coming months.

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From: Sunderland, Sean -NLA


Sent: November 26, 2016 1:05 PM
To: Doust, Stephen -NOB
Subject: Fw: PM Statement -- Death of Fidel Castro -- Draft 1

Fyi
Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Rogers network.
Original Message
From: Galligan, Gregory -LCF <Gregory.Galligan@international.gc.ca>
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2016 3:17AM
To: Sunderland, Sean -NLA; Domanski, Anna Lise -HAVAN -GR; Ramirez, Claudio -NLA; Cesaratto, Sylvia -NLA
Subject: Re: PM Statement-- Death of Fidel Castro -- Draft 1

Colleagues,

Sorry for very quick turnaround on this but with PM in madagascar and doing press time was short.

Statement now being issued .

Best, Greg

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Rogers network.


Original Message
From: Galligan, Gregory -LCF
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2016 2:49 AM
To: Sunderland, Sean -NLA; Domanski, Anna Lise -HAVAN -GR; Ramirez, Claudio -NLA; Cesaratto, Sylvia -NLA
Subject: Fw: PM Statement- Death of Fidel Castro-- Draft 1

Colleagues,

PM will be moving t his urgently. Any comment would be greatly appreciated in the next hour.

Many thanks,

Greg

Sent from my BlackBerry 10 smartphone on the Rogers network.


Original Message
From: Lindblad, Anabel <Anabei.Lindblad@pco-bcp.gc.ca>
Sent: Saturday, November 26, 2016 1:36AM
To: Galligan, Gregory -LCF
Subject: Fw: PM Statement- Death of Fidel Castro -- Draft 1

Attached. Super urgent.

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Lynn is supposed to send officially but I want you to get started.

Pm will mention in his address in Madagascar which is happening very soon, so we need this back in minutes, not hours.

Thanks.

Anabel

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From: Jean, Austin -LCBR


Sent: November 28, 2016 4:29 PM
To: Sutton, Brendan -NDB
Cc: Doust, Stephen -NDB; Paradis, Mylene -NDB; O'Shaughnessy, Michael -LCBR
Subject: RE: PM Statement on death of Castro

Hi Brendan,

Our recommended approach is to advise missions to take a responsive approach. lines will be posted on the wiki when
finalized (still awaiting final signoff from PCO).

Austin

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From: Sutton, Brendan -NDB
Sent: November-28-16 4:23PM
To: Jean, Austin -LCBR
Cc: Doust, Stephen -NOB; Paradis, Mylene -NOB; O'Shaughnessy, Michael -LCBR
Subject: FW: PM Statement on death of castro

Hi Austin, we followed-up with our DG on the question of posting the PM's statement to their respective websites and
she would like comms to weigh in. Would LCBR agree with advising missions that we leave it to their discretion as to
whether it is appropriate tore-post the statement/ or would you need to check with PCO?

Thanks/

Brendan

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From: Dandurand, candice -BGOTA -GR
Sent: November-28-16 10:43 AM
To: Domanski, Anna Lise -HAVAN -GR; Guay, Karolina -GTMLA -GR; Mayrand, Helene -STAGO -GR; Kendrick, Eric-
QUITO -GR; Kowalik, Craig -CRCAS -GR
Subject: PM Statement on death of castro

Colleagues,

I wanted to check in with you all to see if your missions are posting the PM's statement on your respective FB pages?
Has there been any guidance on this?

Anna lisa, who is the Cuba desk officer? I can't find it on team info.

Candice

Candice Dandurand
Second Secretry (Political) 1Deuxieme Secretaire (Politique) 1Segunda Secretaria (Politica)
Canadian Embassy in Colombia [ Ambassade du Canada en Colombie 1 Embajada de Canada en Colombia
Tel: (57) 657-98121 Cell: 317-658-9347
Carrera 7 no. 114-33 Piso 14, Bogota
Email: candice.dandurand@international.gc.ca

Twitter: @CanadaColombia (ENG), @CanadaColombie (FR), @CanadayColombia (ESP)


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Key Messages - House Motion on Death of Fidel Castro

The Prime Minister's Statement on the Death of Fidel Castro

Advancing human rights remains an integral part of Canada's


constructive engagement in the world.
The Prime Minister's statement on the death of Fidel Castro
recognized the passing of a former head of state of a country with
which Canada has had a longstanding friendship.
The Government of Canada never hesitates to raise human rights, as
the Prime Minister did in his recent visit to Cuba, as did Minister of
Foreign Affairs Stephane Dion during the visit of Cuba's Foreign
Minister in May 2016.
The Prime Minister has been clear on his views on the Cuban
governance system and acknowledged Fidel Castro was a
controversial figure.
While Cuba has made progress on issues of social equality, including
in areas of health and education, it has also failed to address
significant human rights challenges.
A statement of condolence is not the time or place to focus on Fidel
Castro's failures.
For the last half-century, Canada has engaged Cuba bilaterally, and
in international bodies, openly and respectfully
Canada's policy will continue to be one of respectful dialogue with
Cuba and it is our view that such engagement is the surest path to
supporting real progress on human rights.

General Canada-Cuba bilateral relations:

Canada is one of Cuba's long-standing partners.


This year marks the 71 st anniversary of uninterrupted diplomatic
relations.
The ties that exist between our countries and our populations, as
a result of millions of Canadians travelling to Cuba, have led to strong
interpersonal relations and a higher level of cooperation.
Canada's long-standing policy with regard to Cuba is bolstered by our
unique and historic relationship, and based on a continuous and
respectful commitment.

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Canada looks forward to strengthening its ties with Cuba and


providing its support to this country as it revisits and updates its
economic and governance systems.

Trade relations:

Cuba is Canada's largest export market in Central America and the


Caribbean, worth an estimated $495 million per year, and as the
second most populous market in the Caribbean and Central America
offers significant potential for growth.
Canada has the knowledge and technology needed to meet the
needs of Cubans in a wide range of sectors, particularly agri-food
products, infrastructure, sustainable technology and life sciences.
As Cuba looks to grow its trade and investment with the world,
Canada is working with Cuba to identify opportunities to promote
mutual prosperity.

Canada's support to Human Rights and Democracy in Cuba:

Promoting inclusive and transparent governance, peaceful pluralism,


and respect for diversity and for all human rights are integral parts of
Canada's constructive commitment in the world.
Canada and Cuba share strong bilateral ties, and both countries
continue to have frank and respectful exchanges on human rights
whenever possible, including during the Prime Minister's recent visit
to the country.
Canada also supports a number of local initiatives that encourage
dialogue and diverse opinions. This support focusses on independent
cultural spaces, human rights publications, university conferences by
Internet, and diversity.
During his recent visit to Cuba, the Prime Minister took part in a
roundtable discussion with organizations from civil society on
diversity, race, gender and LGBTQ2 issues.

Cuba-United States relations:

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Canada supports the process of normalizing relations and


encourages discussions between Cuba and the United States in
areas of shared interest.
We continue to advocate for lifting all U.S. sanctions against Cuba
and rescinding the Helms-Burton Act along with legislation and
policies that isolate Cuba economically.

Outcomes of the Prime Minister's first visit to Cuba:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made his first official visit to Cuba on
November 15 and 16. During this visit, he reinforced Canada's long-
standing ties with Cuba and identified a number of areas in which the
two countries could collaborate even more closely.
During his meetings with President Raul Castro, Prime Minister
Trudeau agreed to work with President Castro on issues associated
with climate change, gender equality, and safety and security for the
region, in addition to adopting measures for economic growth in both
countries and strengthening the middle class.
The Prime Minister also gave a speech at the University of Havana
and answered questions from students, where he stressed the
importance of Canadian values concerning gender equality and
building a stronger and more inclusive society.
He also hosted a roundtable with civil society where they discussed
important issues such as sustainable economic development, racial
equality, improvements to freedom of relation and for LGBT rights,
freedom of speech, teen pregnancy, sexual and child abuse.
During the Prime Minister's visit to Cuba, he advocated for gender
equality and Canada and Cuba identified areas for increased
collaboration.
To underscore Canada's commitment to gender equality, Mme
Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau hosted a live broadcast panel on gender
inequality issues which was well received by the Cuban people.
The Prime Minister was unable to meet with former President Fidel
Castro during his visit.
Although he was unable to meet with Fidel Castro, he met three of his
sons who presented him with a souvenir of his father's visit to Cuba in
1976.

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Canadian Development Aid to Cuba:

Canada has the longest-standing development cooperation program


in Cuba and is one of the top three bilateral donors to this country.
Canada plays a key role by supporting Cuba's efforts to increase food
security, strengthen public financial management and stimulate
sustainable economic growth.
Canada and Cuba are exploring opportunities to work together on
development cooperation projects in the areas of climate change,
renewable energy, gender equality and empowering girls and women.
A project that will strengthen fruit production value chains was
recently approved and will be initiated in the coming months.

On Hurricane Matthew aid:

The Government of Canada contributed more than $6.5 million for


regional rescue efforts following Hurricane Matthew, including more
than $500,000 to Cuba for drinking water and sanitation facilities,
basic shelter and food aid for residents in the hardest hit regions of
the country.

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