Canadian PM Trudeau welcomes first Syrian Refugee at Toronto Airport

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TORONTO: The first planeload of Syrian refugees who landed in Toronto late Thursday night were given new winter coats and a big welcome from senior political officials as they begin the next journey of their lives in a new country. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was on hand at the airport to greet the refugees as they disembarked the plane at Pearson International Airport at the Infield Terminal just before midnight, which is not open to the public for security reasons. The first family was a couple with their 16-month-old girl and the second was a man and woman with their three daughters, two of whom are twins. Both families said they were happy to be here. “We really would like to thank you for all this hospitality and the warm welcome and all the staff , we felt ourselves at home and we felt ourselves highly respected,” Kevork Jamkossian told Trudeau. “This is something that we are able to do in this country because we define a Canadian not by a skin colour or a language or a religion or a background, Trudeau said.(Global News)