Forty years after a historic trip by his father, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives in Cuba to strengthen trade and cultural ties between the two countries. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived in Cuba on Tuesday (November 15) for a visit aimed at strengthening ties and boosting trade between the two countries, four decades after his father made an historic visit to the Communist-ruled island and struck up a friendship with revolutionary leader Fidel Castro. Canada has long been one of Cuba's closest Western allies. Trudeau will meet with Raul Castro, Fidel's younger brother and successor as president, during his visit, Trudeau's office said. Pierre Elliott Trudeau, a former prime minister, in 1976 became the first NATO leader to visit the island since its revolution, at one point exhorting "Viva Castro!" His trip was controversial in view of the Cold War enmity between Cuba and the United States. His son's visit is not viewed as such, following the resumption of U.S.-Cuban diplomatic ties last year and a landmark visit by U.S. President Barack Obama in March. Many countries are rushing to renew ties with Cuba since its detente with the United States in hopes of capturing a share of Cuban business. Cuba and Canada already trade over $1 billion worth of goods per year and Canadian companies have significant investments in mining, power, oil and gas, agribusiness and tourism in Cuba. It was not yet clear whether Trudeau will meet with Fidel, 90, who became friends with his father and was an honorary pallbearer at his funeral in Montreal in 2000.