Justin Trudeau Meets Namesake, His Parents Are Syrian Refugees In Canada

Marco Green
July 17, 2017

The Bilals are not the only family to name their baby after Justin Trudeau, a number of Syrian refugee families across the country have also named their newborns after the prime minister.

While attending the Calgary Stampede, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met the baby who shares his name. The family left Syria about six years ago and settled in Canada in February 2016.

Syrian refugees Afraa Hajj Hammoud and Mohammed Belal made a decision to give their newborn a name that would reflect their gratitude to Canada for allowing them to settle and start a new life. They now call Calgary home. However, this happened last Saturday, when the baby Justin Trudeau met the prime minister of Canada. "He is a really nice man", Hammoud told BBC News of the Canadian prime minister. "I was a little bit shocked.when he says that, I smile a little bit, a small smile, then I [say], 'Yes, there is no problem, it will be like a small thank you for Justin Trudeau.'". Between November 2015 and January 2017, the country has accepted over 40,000 refugees.

"It will be a big story because you know, the Arabic name and the English name, there is a big difference", Hammoud told the CBC in May.

Mr Trudeau has always been known for his welcoming immigration policies.

In the midst of US President Donald Trump's immigration ban, Mr Trudeau took to twitter to welcome anyone seeking refuge from war or unrest and offered temporary residency to stranded travellers.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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