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Trudeau welcomes first of 25,000 Syrian refugees to Canada

Agen Sabung Ayam

Posted December 12, 2015 07:45:27

Canada's PM Justin Trudeau welcomes Syrian refugees Photo: Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau (L) greets a young Syrian refugee at the Toronto Pearson International Airport. (Reuters: Mark Blinch)
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Canada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau has personally welcomed the first of 25,000 Syrian refugees Canada hopes to resettle over the next three months.

Key points

  • Canada’s prime minister greets first of 25,000 Syrian refugees to arrive in the country
  • 163 Syrians arrived by plane in Toronto
  • Canada is hoping to resettle 10,000 Syrians by the end of the year
  • Unlike the United States, there has been little opposition to the resettlement program

Government and opposition MPs joined Mr Trudeau in greeting the refugees when they landed in Toronto.

“This is a wonderful night, where we get to show not just a planeload of new Canadians what Canada is all about, we get to show the world how to open our hearts and welcome in people who are fleeing extraordinarily difficult situations,” the prime minister said.

Mr Trudeau’s Liberal government scaled back the number of Syrian migrants it will accept by year end after the attacks in Paris sparked concern that the election promise to bring in 25,000 by December 31 would not allow enough time for security checks.

The plane carrying 163 Syrian refugees touched down in Toronto just before midnight on Thursday (local time) and will be followed by a second military airlift to Montreal on Saturday.

Mr Trudeau has said 10,000 will be resettled by the end of the year and a further 15,000 by the end of February.

As he met the military aircraft amid tight security at a special terminal, privately sponsored Syrian refugees were arriving on commercial flights at Toronto’s main terminal, greeted by sponsors and ordinary Canadians who had come to the airport to welcome the much-anticipated newcomers.

“They are very tired, but they are happy and hopeful,” said Soriya Dasir, a worker with Abraham Festival, a group that sponsored a single mother and three children who had been living in a camp in Jordan for two years, as she escorted them past waiting media.

Warm reception contrasts with US response

Canada's prime minister helps young Syrian refugee with jacket Photo: Mr Trudeau (L) helped a young Syrian refugee try on a winter coat after she arrived with her family from Beirut. (Reuters: Mark Blinch)

Toronto’s airport authority urged Canadians not to come to the airport to greet the refugees or drop off donations, saying: “We’re so proud that our community wants to help, but such a response would be very overwhelming for those arriving.”

The request did not deter Shai Reef, 20, who held up a sign that read: “Welcome to Canada” in Arabic.

“I’m here to show my solidarity for and support of the Syrian people going through genocide in Syria,” Mr Reef said.

“As Jews, we were also locked out, I know what it feels like.”

Toronto’s mayor tweeted a welcome, while the Toronto Star, the country’s largest newspaper, covered its front page with a “Welcome to Canada” banner headline in English and Arabic, along with an article explaining Canadian weather, ice hockey and slang.

The reception in Canada contrasted sharply with that of the neighbouring United States, where fear of Syrian refugees following the deadly November 13 Paris attacks spurred opposition to allowing them entry.

Some US governors said their states would not accept Syrian refugees, while Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump called for a ban on Muslims entering the country.

With security concerns, immigration paperwork and the flight’s late-night arrival, refugees on the military aircraft were to be put up at a nearby hotel for the night before meeting their sponsors and resettlement agencies on Friday.


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Canadian newcomer Trudeau a fresh face among APEC leaders Agen Sabung Ayam

Agen Sabung Ayam

By ELAINE KURTENBACH, Associated Press

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — He is younger than the next youngest chief by six a long time and practically a total era driving the 60-year-previous typical age of his Pacific Rim peers.

Freshly elected Canadian Primary Minister Justin Trudeau, 43, set up on a liberal agenda at odds with the authoritarian insurance policies of some other Asia-Pacific leaders, introduced a dash of vitality to an annual discussion board whose most concrete result is generally a photo op of primarily center-aged gentlemen in funky shirts.

Tall and trim, Trudeau exudes the star power of his father, former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau, whose charisma usually drew comparisons to John F. Kennedy.

President Barack Obama praised him Thursday following they spoke on the sidelines of their Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit meetings in Manila, stating Trudeau was a “fantastic improve of vitality” for Canadian politics.

He also ribbed the clean-confronted Trudeau in excess of how the obligations of leadership can age a particular person.

“The very first call I produced to him, I stated: Justin, congratulations, you and your family appear great, I know Canadians are extremely motivated by your information of hope and alter. I just want to point out that I experienced no grey hair when I was in your sneakers seven a long time in the past.

“And so if you will not want to grey like me you need to have to start dyeing it soon,” Obama mentioned.

Standing with Obama, Trudeau retorted: “So youthful, and however so cynical.”

Recently observed in Canada trick-or-managing with his wife and younger kids, Trudeau is 26 several years young than the Sultan of Brunei, at 69 the eldest of the 21 leaders of the Asia-Pacific Financial Cooperation forum, which is conference in the Philippine cash this 7 days.

On the tongue-in-cheek on the internet “Best Heads of Point out Listing” Trudeau ranks next, at 34 per cent of votes, way powering the king of Bhutan, Jigme Singye Wangchuk, who garnered 61 percent assist. But he was way ahead of the next most admired APEC leader, Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, who took only three p.c of the vote. Rankings of other regional leaders stretched from No. eleven, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, to No. 197, Chinese President Xi Jinping.

In Manila, slots to include Trudeau’s physical appearance at a organization forum have been hotly contested by nearby reporters eager to see the APEC newcomer.

“Women only have eyes for Trudeau, Nieto,” gushed a headline in the newspaper Philippine Inquirer.

“The World wide web has found a reason to treatment about the APEC summit,” tweeted on-line publication GlobalPost, employing “APEChottie” as a hashtag.

Back property, he is making the most of a reprise of “Trudeaumania,” the wave of acceptance that swept his father into business office in 1968 and held him there, with a brief crack, right up until 1984.

Sworn in two months back, Trudeau has created a stage of breaking with the approaches of his predecessor, Conservative Stephen Harper, who sought to roll back again Canada’s status for Liberalism for the duration of almost a decade in office.

But it really is unclear if Trudeau will end up using any major alterations of stance from these held by Harper throughout the assembly in Manila, an financial discussion board whose statements are nonbinding.

Trudeau favors Canada’s ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a 12-nation trade arrangement championed by U.S. President Barack Obama that is intended to become the core of a area-vast free of charge trade bloc. A last offer was struck final month after several years of delays and now leaders have to earn approvals of their very own governments for it to turn into a actuality.

In his youth and liberalism, Trudeau has been likened to Obama, who at 54 is a lot more than a 10 years more mature.

Mexico’s Nieto is 49. The leaders of Russia, Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Peru are all in their early to mid-50s. But the other Pacific Rim leaders are in their early 60s or older. Several, this kind of as Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vietnamese President Truong Tan Sang, head communist, a single-celebration states.

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