Miguel Diaz Canel

Miguel Diaz-Canel. Foto: Wikimedia Commons

By Matt Kwong

For decades in Cuba, the chants of “Viva Castro!” backed one bloodline, famously uttered even by former Canadian prime minister Pierre Trudeau in 1976. Soon, there may be a different cry in Cuba’s streets: “Viva Diaz-Canel!

Cuba’s next president won’t be a Castro for the first time in nearly 60 years, ending an era in which the island’s revolution has been presided over by a generation of charismatic guerrilla leaders with a longtime personal affinity for Canada’s Trudeau family.

Power will likely be turned over to a plainspoken moderate, ushering in a delicate period of diplomacy between Canada and the Communist-led island.

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