TORONTO: 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 & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength (hash)WelcomeToCanada.”
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 prime minister.
A spokeswoman 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 the 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 Canada’s exports go to the US. Brad Wall, the conservative premier of the Canadian province of Saskatchewan, offered his support to Trudeau.
Toronto mayor John Tory also weighed in, noting that the city was the most diverse in the world. “We understand that as Canadians we are almost all immigrants, and that no one should be excluded on the basis of their ethnicity or nationality.”
White House national security adviser Michael Flynn told Canada’s national security adviser that holders of Canadian passports, including dual citizens, would not be affected. Earlier US said that Canadians with dual citizenship from Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Somalia, Syria, Yemen and Libya would be denied entry for 90 days. Trudeau later posted the statement on Twitter with hashtag “ACanadianIsACanadian”. On Saturday, Canadian airline WestJet said it would reimburse passengers prevented from traveling to the United States under the new policy.
Curbs unjustified: Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel slammed the restrictions on immigration by Donald Trump, saying it was “not justified” to target people based on background or religion. The government “will now examine the consequences” of the ban for German citizens with dual nationality, Merkel’s spokesman said. “The Geneva Refugee Convention calls on the international community to take in war refugees on humanitarian grounds.”
Source: Times of India