Canadian PM won’t attend Castro’s funeral

TORONTO (AP) — Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not be attending the funeral of Fidel Castro amid an uproar over his comments over the weekend praising the late Cuban leader.

Andree-Lyne Halle, a spokeswoman for Trudeau, confirmed Monday the prime minister will not attend Castro’s funeral “as his schedule does not permit it.”

Trudeau issued a statement Saturday that called Castro “a controversial figure,” but also praised him as “a legendary revolutionary and orator” and “a remarkable leader.”