On December 10, 2015, Justin Trudeau appeared at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport to personally greet the inaugural planeload of Syrian refugees arriving in Canada. “Welcome home,” he told the first travellers off the plane — a couple with a 16-month-old child. Outside the terminal, ordinary Canadians dropped off gifts of plush toys, hats, mittens and parkas.
The sight of Syrians being personally greeted by the most powerful man in Canada — after having fled a county ruled by a regime that drops poison gas on its own population — ranked among the most moving scenes in modern Canadian history.
(Okay, that opening is vomit inducing, but it gets better)