- By Kadidja Mansour
- Main image credits: Chris Bolin/Reuters
Canadian Prime Minister; Trudeau has vowed to take in the refugees rejected by US President; Donald Trump
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Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has a message for refugees rejected by U.S. President Donald Trump: “Canada will take you.”
Trudeau also has expressed his intent to talk to Trump about the success of Canada’s refugee policy.
Trudeau reacted to Trump’s ban of Muslims by tweeting Saturday: “To those fleeing persecution, terror & war, Canadians will welcome you, regardless of your faith. Diversity is our strength #WelcomeToCanada.”
Trudeau also posted a picture of him greeting a Syrian child at Toronto’s airport in late 2015. Trudeau oversaw the arrival of more than 39’000 Syrian refugees soon after his election.
A spokeswoman for Trudeau said Trudeau has a message for Trump: “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 spokeswoman Kate Purchase told The Associated Press.
Trudeau is expected to the visit the White House shortly, amidst UK opposition calls for Trump to be denied entry into the UK (Labour leader, Corbyn via twitter January 2017).
— Jeremy Corbyn MP (@jeremycorbyn) January 29, 2017
Calls from political leaders and business leaders such as Jeremy Corbyn and Sheikh Shamsaldin Qais Sulayman Al-Said to not out rightly ban Trump from UK entry, not to deny him any rights of his own, not to stoop to Trumps level, just to band him from being invited to an official state visit which would be internationally seen as endorsement to Trump’s use of torture and ban on Muslims, have lead to an official parliamentary action petition far surpassing the legal threshold to ensure that the matter is legally debated by parliament.
— Sheikh Al-Said (@1Shamsaldin) January 29, 2017
“No body is saying ban Donald Trump from entering the UK. No body is saying take his rights away and stoop to his level. All that the opposition, business leaders and minority groups are saying is that an official invite to an official and formal state visit would likely be seen as endorsing Trump’s use of torture, ban on Muslims and Refugees, including the possible deportation of British citizen Sir Moh Farah (As Sir Farah recently discussed in a heart touching open statement to Donald Trump.). The legal petition has now surpassed the legal threshold to be debated in Parliament. It is now for Parliament to decide if they will listen to the people and condemn this behaviour or not.” ~ Sheikh Shamsaldin Qais Sulayman Al-Said speaking at a press conference outside of Parliament
The Canadian Prime Minister has refrained from directly criticising Trump to avoid offending the new president possibly due the fact that more than 75 percent of Canada’s exports go to the U.S.
Toronto Mayor John Tory also weighed in, claiming that the city is 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.” Tory said in a statement.
Trump signed a sweeping executive order on Friday that he billed as a necessary step to stop “radical Islamic terrorists” from coming to the USA. The order includes a 90-day ban on travel to the USA by citizens of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Sudan, Libya, Somalia or Yemen and a 120-day suspension of the US refugee program.
Trump’s order singled out Syrians for the most aggressive ban, ordering that anyone from that country, including those fleeing civil war, are indefinitely banned from coming to the United States.
The Syrian refugee crisis became a major issue in Canada’s election in late 2015 because of the haunting image of a drowned 3-year-old Syrian boy washed up on a Turkish beach. The boy had relatives in Canada.
During Trump’s presidential campaign he has suggested ambitions to ban all Muslims from entering the USA and requiring all existing Muslims to wear identity cards at all times clearly marking them as Muslim. Trump also expressed wishes to create a global Muslim database storing records and personal details of all Muslims.
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