Professor Charles Smith said relations between Canada and Cuba have been friendly both from a business and vacation standpoint while Fidel Castro was in power. He noted there have been a total of 85 Canadian companies and subsidiaries operating in Cuba, including brewer Labatt Breweries and Pizza Nova.
Smith said our relationship was much friendlier than that between Cuba and the US, although there was some effort made under Obama’s administration. He fears it will go to waste under Trump.
Smith said Castro should be remembered for more than just his work on the Cuban Missile Crisis and the failed, American-backed Bay of Pigs invasion in 1961.
He also recognized the strong relationships with Latin America and Castro’s efforts to put boots on the ground in South Africa to defeat apartheid.
Cuba has started its nine days of mourning for Castro, who died overnight at the age 90.
Castro’s ashes will tour the island before burial in his hometown of Santiago de Cuba on Sunday, Dec. 4.