Canada's prime minister to welcome refugees at the airport

2015-12-11 08:44
(Nicholas Kamm, AFP)

(Nicholas Kamm, AFP)

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Toronto - Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has arrived at Toronto's Pearson International airport where he will greet the first large group of Syrian refugees arriving by government aircraft.

Trudeau is joined by the ministers of immigration, health and defense, as well as Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Toronto Mayor John Tory and opposition party members.

Trudeau thanked the staff and volunteers helping to process and welcome the 163 refugees ahead of the arrival of the military aircraft late Thursday.

The newly elected Liberal government is pushing forward with its pledge to resettle 25 000 Syrian refugees by the end of February amid an intense debate in the West over what to do with people fleeing violence in the Middle East.

Canada's welcoming stands in stark contrast to the US.

Read more on:    justin trudeau  |  canada  |  syria

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