Justin Trudeau Jr sleeps through meet­ing with PM

The Guardian - - INTERNATIONAL - Sarah Marsh

The Cana­dian prime min­is­ter, Justin Trudeau, came face to face with his name­sake at the week­end as he met the baby of Syr­ian refugees named in his honour. The en­counter took place at the Cal­gary Stam­pede where twom­onth-old Justin Trudeau Adam Bi­lan slept hap­pily as Trudeau held him.

The boy’s par­ents, Muham­mad and Afraa Bi­lan, came to Canada from Da­m­as­cus in Fe­bru­ary last year af­ter es­cap­ing the war in Syria. Their son was born sev­eral months af­ter their ar­rival in Al­berta.

Trudeau greeted 163 Syr­ian refugees at the air­port in Toronto in De­cem­ber 2015 and since then 40,081 refugees have set­tled in the coun­try. This has not come with­out its chal­lenges, how­ever, and the fam­i­lies who have been re­set­tled have talked about the dif­fi­cul­ties of find­ing work and learn­ing English or French. The gov­ern­ment has in­creased fund­ing for lan­guage train­ing to ad­dress short­ages.

Pho­to­graph: Adam Scotti/Twit­ter

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