As of Thursday, Canada has welcomed their first batch of Syrian refugees.
It was months of preparation coming to fruition. Screenings, speeches, promises and families fleeing Syrian civil war can finally see a light at the end of the tunnel.
They entered Toronto’s airport on a military plane. When they landed they were greeted by hundreds of people willing to help with open arms and open hearts. Right in the front was Canada’s Liberal Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau.
He wanted to set an example for Canadians. Prior to the refugees’ arrival he told the workers that how they receive the arrivals will be remembered forever – not only by the refugees, but by them as well. Trudeau reminded the crowd that Canadians aren’t defined by skin, religion or language but rather by a set of ideals and dreams shared not only by all Canadians but also many others. He said:
“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.”
Babies and adults alike passed through the terminal and received everything they needed from SIN cards to winter clothing. By the end of the year, Trudeau plans to have 10,000 Syrian refugees welcomed into Canada and 15,000 more welcomed by the end of February.
The compassion and generosity shown by the Liberal government has given Canadians something to be proud of. These families can now start again and, thanks to “Canadian ideals,” can start off on the right foot.