Saturday, 25 June 2022

Justin Trudeau meets baby Justin Trudeau

Justin Trudeau

The Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau, came face to face with his namesake as he met the baby of Syrian refugees who was named in his honour.

The meeting took place at the Calgary Stampede on Saturday, where two-month-old Justin Trudeau Adam Bilan slept happily as the prime minister briefly held him.

The boy’s parents, Muhammad and Afraa Bilan, named him as a gesture of thanks to the country that offered them sanctuary.

The family came to Canada from Damascus in February last year, after escaping the Syria’s war. Their son was born several months after their arrival in Alberta.

In December 2015 Trudeau greeted 163 Syrian refugees in Toronto, as the country prepared for thousands more arrivals. Since then 40,081 refugees have settled in the country.

This has not come without its challenges, and the families who have been resettled have talked about the difficulties of finding work and learning English or French.

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