Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wiped away tears during a televised reunion with a Syrian refugee on Friday, one year after welcoming him and his family at Toronto airport. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wiped away tears during a roundtable discussion with Syrian refugees and sponsors last week in Toronto. One of the immigrants reflected on being welcomed to Canada by the prime minister at the airport. Trudeau had an emotional interaction with Vanig Garabedian where the recent immigrant recalled his journey from Beirut, Lebanon to Toronto where he was greeted by several Canadians including Trudeau. Garbedian, who was a physician in Syria, fled the war-torn country with his wife and daughters. Prime Minister Trudeau said "You wouldn't have been walking on Canadian soil that night if I hadn't said, 'We can do this together' and made it done. And that for me was as strong and clear a reinforcement that I was going to be okay in this job. It was, on a personal level, it was very, very touching for me." Trudeau reflected on the fact that he had only been in office for one month at the time of the airport arrival encounter and was fulfilling the Canadian citizens' will to do more to help Syrian refugees. Trudeau added "Watching you and your girls walk through this airport toward me was a moment in which I understood just the kinds of things that we can do as a country and that I get to help this country do." Trudeau was elected last October and promised to accept more refugees and at a faster pace that the previous Conservative government.