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Trudeau sidetracks Trump, “Welcome to Canada all those fleeing persecution, terror and war”

Monday, January 30th 2017 - 11:06 UTC
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“We have been assured that Canadian citizens travelling on Canadian passports will be dealt with in the usual process,” a spokeswoman for Trudeau said “We have been assured that Canadian citizens travelling on Canadian passports will be dealt with in the usual process,” a spokeswoman for Trudeau said
Trudeau also sent a pointed tweet that showed him greeting a young refugee at a Canadian airport in 2015. Trudeau also sent a pointed tweet that showed him greeting a young refugee at a Canadian airport in 2015.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken a stand on social media against the temporary US ban on refugees and immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries. PM Trudeau underscored his government's commitment to bringing in “those fleeing persecution, terror & war”.

 The US Department of Homeland Security said the entry ban would also apply to dual nationals of the seven countries. However, Trudeau's office says Canadian dual nationals are exempt.

“We have been assured that Canadian citizens travelling on Canadian passports will be dealt with in the usual process,” a spokeswoman for Trudeau said in an emailed statement.

US President Donald Trump's National Security Adviser Mike Flynn “confirmed that holders of Canadian passports, including dual citizens, will not be affected by the ban,” the statement said.

Canada's Immigration minister Ahmed Hussen is a dual national who arrived as a Somali refugee. Within hours, Trudeau's tweets had been shared more than 150,000 times. “Welcome to Canada” also became a trending term in the country.

Trudeau, who gained global attention for granting entry to nearly 40,000 Syrian refugees to Canada over the past 13 months, also sent a pointed tweet that showed him greeting a young refugee at a Canadian airport in 2015.

The Canadian government is also in contact with the US administration “to get more clarity” on how the executive orders will affect Canadians citizens travelling to the US, said federal Transport minister Marc Garneau.

Trudeau has refrained from criticising Trump, despite the fact the two leaders have divergent political views. In recent media appearances, the prime minister has focused on the long friendship between Canada and the US and the deep economic ties between the two nations. The US is Canada's primary trading partner.

Canada plans to allow 300,000 immigrants into the country in 2017, mostly through economic immigration, though that figure includes 40,000 refugees.

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  • Heisenbergcontext

    Meanwhile, the perpetrator behind the killing of six worshippers at a Quebec City mosque has been revealed as a native French Quebecois - Alexandre Bissonnette, 19 years old. According to his now deleted Facebook account, he has taken inspiration from Marine le Pen and Donald Trump.

    President Trump has offered his condolences to PM Trudeau, as well as assistance, which begs the question: since the shooter is now in custody and his motivation well established what possible assistance could he possibly offer? Other than sewing his lips shut of course...

    Jan 31st, 2017 - 03:12 am +1
  • Bisley

    Canada is even less able to financially support, or tolerate the cultural disruption these fake refugees will cause than the US. This lunatic, leftist government will destroy Canada and turn it into the Yemen/Somalia of the north. Why is it that these leftists despise the cultural heritage that has contributed to whatever level of liberty and prosperity they have, and seek to move toward the chaos, tyranny and poverty of the third-world?

    Jan 31st, 2017 - 02:40 am -4
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