New York Times Magazine
Trudeau’s Canada, Again
With support from President Obama and the legacy of his father on his side, Justin Trudeau sets out to redefine what it means to be Canadian.
(more photos at the link)Canada welcomes first Syrian refugees
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was at Toronto's airport to greet the Syrian refugees, saying "We will all remember this day" (AFP Photo/Geoff Robins)
Ottawa (AFP) - Canada welcomed 163 Syrian refugees, taking in the first of a planned 25,000 in a matter of months and promising them a better life as they flee their country's horrific war.
The refugees arrived just weeks after Canada's newly elected Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his country would pull its fighter jets from a US-led coalition targeting Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria.
Trudeau and several members of his Liberal government were on hand to greet the Syrians as they arrived on a troop transport plane in Toronto.
Dozens of volunteers, interpreters and immigration officials helped the Syrians through the formalities of admission and gave them blankets, snow boots and other welcome gifts.
Over the course of the day, good samaritans came to the airport to donate winter clothes and try to greet the Syrians who had set out from Beirut.
"Tonight they step off the plane as refugees. But they walk out of this terminal as permanent residents of Canada with social insurance numbers, with health cards and with an opportunity to become full Canadians," Trudeau said. <SNIP>
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday that Canada will drop its visa requirement for Mexican visitors as of December 2016.
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https://www.yahoo.com/news/mexico-presi ... 00558.htmlMexico president urges North American integration after Brexit
AFP•June 27, 2016
Ottawa (AFP) - Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday called for greater integration with Canada and the United States in the wake of Britain's vote to split with the European Union.
Nieto, who spoke during a stopover in Quebec City, is scheduled to attend a North American leaders summit in Ottawa on Wednesday with his US and Canadian counterparts.
The three countries are economic partners in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), and work closely on security matters.
At Wednesday's summit, the leaders are expected to announce joint energy and environmental strategies, including matching renewable energy targets.
"The purpose of this visit is to renew our bilateral relationship, to give it new life, to find ways to advance the prosperity and competitiveness of North America," Pena Nieto said.
"I think what is happening elsewhere in the world invites us to strengthen our strategic alliance and especially to be much more inclusive," he said in response to questions about the so-called Brexit decision.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and US President Barack Obama had both called on Britain to stay in the EU. <snip>
http://time.com/4860152/justin-trudeau- ... ugee-baby/Justin Trudeau Meets Justin Trudeau, the Baby Syrian Refugee Named After Him
The baby, named Justin-Trudeau Adam Bilal, met the prime minister at an event in Calgary on Saturday. Adam Scotti, Trudeau's photographer, posted the image on Twitter.
.............Adam Scotti Verified account
.@JustinTrudeau met Justin-Trudeau Adam Bilal in #Calgary today. Background: https://www.google.ca/amp/www.cbc.ca/amp/1.4103300 … #cdnpoli
Hammoud, the baby's mother, told CBC she was initially taken aback when her husband suggested the name when their son was born in May, but quickly warmed up to it. "When he says that, I smile a little bit, a small smile, then I says, 'Yes, there is no problem, it will be like a small thank you for Justin Trudeau," she told the Canadian news outlet.
The family fled Syria six years ago, and arrived in Canada last February. <snip>
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Justin Trudeau appears on our latest cover. The Canadian prime minister is trying to Make Canada Great Again, using, let us say, different methods. Read the story in full below.
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‘Lone wolf’ suspected in Canada terror attack, police chase
TORONTO — A car and knife attack on a police officer outside a football game and a high-speed chase of a moving van that left four people injured was the work of a Somali refugee who was likely working alone and was known to police for extremist ideology, Canadian authorities said Sunday.
Marlin Degrand, assistant commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, said officers took a 30-year-old man into custody in the Western Canadian city of Edmonton, Alberta.
Police declined to identify the man because he had not yet been charged, saying the pending charges included terrorism and five counts of attempted murder.
A Canadian government official identified the suspect as Abdulahi Hasan Sharif. The official agreed to reveal the name only if not quoted by name because he was not authorized to speak publicly ahead of the police announcement.
Edmonton Police Chief Rod Knecht said an Islamic State group flag was found in the car that hit the officer, and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called it a terror attack.
Is it time for Canada to annex Blue America? ...
Now, what if I told you we could solve all of these problems, both Yankee and Canuck, with one simple step? Interested? Well, it’s true. I propose that we formally offer certain American states the opportunity to join Confederation and become Canada’s next provinces.
Over the last three or four decades, the cultural, social and political values of large swaths of American have become indistinguishable from those north of the 49th parallel. While other states have reverted to Dixie, other regions have become more liberal, more multicultural and more communal, in short more Canadian. It is a simple fact of the 21st century that a New Yorker, in the way she lives her life and sees the world, has more in common with a Montrealer than she would with someone from rural Arkansas. It is time we recognized this truth, and seized the opportunity to do something useful and historic with it.
For many states, the benefits of annexation are obvious and immediate. Canadian campaign finance restrictions would eliminate the power of big pharma, the NRA and the oil industry overnight. Congressmen turned Parliamentarians will no longer have to raise millions in donations and would be able to focus on the welfare of those they represent. Gerrymandering would instantly disappear as American districts are transformed into ridings. No need for gun reform debates, as we settled that argument decades ago making it seven times less likely you will be shot in Canada. ...
Every new southern Canadian would instantly have full health insurance and two extra years would be added to their life expectancy. Higher education would be accessible to all, and more importantly, affordable. As an added bonus, our schools teach evolution and use metric. Wall Street would be delighted, as our corporate tax rates are better, and if you open a branch plant in Quebec, Ottawa will automatically shower you with subsidies, no questions asked. ...
Not only do I expect no opposition to this proposal from the Vestigial States, I suspect they will even welcome it with enthusiasm. Red America will finally be rid of those godless coastal elites and free to MAGA to their heart’s content. They will be able to put a gun in every hand, ban birth control, and start a new land war in Asia without any tiresome debates or late night monologues. And they can build their wall. In fact, New Canada (Canada 2.0?) and Mexico may even help if they promise to do it on all the VSA borders. We might even pay!