You are welcome in Canada: PM to refugees

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a message for refugees rejected by Donald Trump: Canada will welcome you. He said that he also intended to talk to Trump about the success of Canada’s refugee policy. Trudeau reacted to Trump’s visa ban for people from seven Muslim-majority countries by tweeting on Saturday, “To those fleeing persecution, terror and war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is out strength #Welcome to Canada.” Trudeau also posted a picture of him greeting a Syrian child at Toronto’s airport in 2015. Trudeau oversaw the arrival of more than 39,000 Syrian refugees soon after he was elected as a president.

A spokesperson for Trudeau, Kate Purchase said, “The Prime Minister is looking forward to discussing the successes of Canada’s immigration and refugee policy with the President when they next speak.” Trudeau is expected to visit the White House soon. The PM has refrained from criticising Trump to avoid offending the new president. Canada wants to avoid becoming a target like Mexico has. More than 75% of the Canadian exports go to the United States. Brad Wall, the conservative premier of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, offered his support to Trudeau.

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