Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, issued on December 24, 2016 a statement to mark Christmas commending Canadians for opening their hearts and homes to those most in need as it was demonstrated during the wildfires in Fort McMurray, and in the continuous willingness of Canadians to welcome Syrian refugees.
The following the Trudeau’s statement:
“Merry Christmas, Canada!
“The holiday season is truly my favourite time of the year. As we come together with loved ones, let us reflect on how fortunate we are to call this beautiful country home.
“Living in Canada comes with a responsibility to be there for each other – and not just during this time of year, but each and every day. After all, Canadians helping others – no matter the distance that separates them – is what this country is all about.
“When tragedy struck Fort McMurray, and thousands of Canadians were forced to leave their homes, thousands more came together to make sure evacuated families had a place to stay, clothes to wear, and food to eat.
“Today, as Canadians continue to welcome Syrian refugees, we open our hearts and homes to those most in need. Together, we demonstrate that better is always possible and that, in difficult times, we are at our very best.
“So, during this season of hope, let us reach out to those who are hurting most. Let us give back in whatever way we can, and make sure this holiday season is a happy time for everyone. There is no holiday tradition more timeless than that.
“I also ask you take a moment to remember the brave women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces – and their families – who make incredible sacrifices to protect our country.
“As we look to the new year, and get ready to celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, I know our best days are yet to come.
“From Ella-Grace, Hadrien, Xavier, Sophie and me, to your family: Merry Christmas, happy holidays, and all the best in 2017.”
When asked about his leadership style, a news conference in Calgary after speaking to the Calgary Chamber of Commerce (December 21, 2016) Trudeau said that he is just carrying out the wishes of Canadians to share responsibility in helping other nations around the world and bringing in refugees. The context of Trudeau’s statement strongly suggests that he referred to the resettlement of more than 37,000 Syrian refugees in Canada since November 2015 and the federal government’s commitments for more than $9 billion in funding to other countries and agencies of the United Nations. For details further details on the Syrian refugees click HERE and Canada’s foreign aid click HERE.
The following is a excerpt of the interview:
“I know that this place [Calgary] matters and the people here and the challenges you’re facing and the solutions you’re bringing forward are strong and important, but not so different from everyone right across the country. We’re worried about the same things, we share the same values from coast to coast to coast.
“So if I’m able to stand up and make a pitch for Canada on the world‘s stage it’s because Canadians allow me to.
“When people talk about you know welcoming refugees and being open to the world, it’s not me deciding that we’re going to do that or imposing it on all of you, it’s Canadians who asked me: Can we do more, can we welcome [Syrian] refugees into our communities.
“Provinces, municipalities stepping up, Canadians understanding that we share responsibility in the world, and as I talk with people in the world stage, whether it’s an economic conference like Davos, talking to global investors, people are very very interested. They’re seeing that rate of return and the profits that they thought they were going to be making in different parts of the world, haven’t materialized the same way because the risks are so high and deeper looking for safe places to invest their capital for a long term.”