Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will not attend the funeral of former Cuban President Fidel Castro after praising the controversial dictator.
Trudeau's office announced he will skip the Dec. 4 funeral and will instead send Gov. Gen. David Johnston to Havana for a Castro commemoration service on Tuesday, according to CBC News.
Trudeau's "schedule doesn't permit" attending the funeral, his office said.
Castro died at age 90 on Friday.
Trudeau, who took office last November, was criticized for comments he made about Castro over the weekend.
"Fidel Castro was a larger than life leader who served his people for almost half a century," Trudeau said in a statement. "A legendary revolutionary and orator, Mr. Castro made significant improvements to the education and healthcare of his island nation."
Trudeau's father Pierre was a friend of Castro's and the latter attended his funeral in 2000, The Guardian reported.
Neither President Barrack Obama nor Vice President Joe Biden will attend Castro's funeral, according to The Hill. The administration has yet to announce who, if anyone, will be in attendance next Sunday.
The majority of Americans still hold an unfavorable view of Castro despite his death, according to a Rasmussen Reports survey.
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