Canada's Trudeau meets tiny namesake, the son of refugees

17 July, 2017, 12:49 | Author: Leticia Walters
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In their effort to thank the Canadian prime minister, for permitting Syrian refugees in the country, the couple named their newborn baby after him.

The couple Muhammad and Afraa Bilal landed in Canada previous year in February with their two children after running away from war-torn Syria.

The Syrian family are not the only ones to name their baby after the Canadian prime minister.

Two-month-old Justin-Trudeau Adam Bilal finally met his namesake yesterday - and it looks like they got on.

Canada has reportedly welcomed more than 40,000 Syrian refugees since Trudeau became prime minister in late 2015.

This time, the Trudeau-duo met at the Calgary Stampede, where the baby snoozed contently in the Prime Minister's arms, reported Independent.

Either way, Justin Trudeau issued his "PM Mix playlist" on Spotify Saturday. About 1,000 of them now reside in Calgary.

"My husband says 'How about if we name the boy Justin-Trudeau, like him, '" she said.

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

Originally from the Syrian capital Damascus, his parents and his two siblings landed in Montreal in February previous year after fleeing their home nation's civil war.

In late January, after US President Donald Trump's ban on immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, Mr Trudeau took to social media to confirm his government's commitment to helping "those fleeing persecution, terror & war".

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