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Trudeau's 'Welcome To Canada': three years later

Last Updated Apr 23, 2019 at 10:42 am EST

A young Syrian refugee looks back to the photographer as he boards a bus to the Armenian Community Centre, in Toronto, on Friday, Dec. 11, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

In 2015, Justin Trudeau’s political brand made a virtue of Canadians welcoming, accepting and supporting refugees from around the world, and particularly from Syria. And for the most part, we have been pretty proud of that identity. We’ve held to it even in the face of evidence to the contrary. But does it still apply?

Has an influx of asylum seekers and the government’s scattered approach to their arrival at the border soured some Canadians’ tolerance for immigrants and refugees? Or has it just revealed a sentiment that has existed all along, but that most Canadians would rather ignore in favour of our global image? Has Canada kept its promise to those who came here needing support as they adapted to life in a new country? More than three years after the first plane full of Syrian refugees landed in Canada, how has Canada’s attitude, and image, changed?

GUEST: Nicholas Keung, immigration reporter, Toronto Star

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