Published: Wed, May 10, 2017
Economy | By Melissa Porter

Syrian refugees name baby for Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

Syrian refugees name baby for Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

A Syrian refugee family has named their baby boy after the Canadian Prime Minister who gave them a new life.

According to the Toronto Star, baby Justin Trudeau was born at 6.15 pm on May 4. His parents, Afraa and Muhammad Bilan, came to Canada from their war-ravaged home nation with their two older children past year.

"In Syria we name the boys like the parents, like my father's name or my husband's father's name, but now it's by appreciation for Justin Trudeau, we name him like this", Hammoud said.

Documents released to the House of Commons this week show the federal government paid almost $1,900 for more than a dozen cardboard cutouts of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that were put on display at some Canadian missions overseas before their use was quickly banned and they were placed in storage.

As a way of thanking Trudeau for allowing Syrian refugees to enter Canada, the couple chose to name their son after him.

In November, another Syrian refugee family named their son Justin, in honor of Canada's 23rd Prime Minister.

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Syrian refugees name baby for Canadian PM Justin Trudeau

On Tuesday it was revealed the federal government spent $1877.24 of taxpayer dollars on 14 celebrity-style cardboard cut-outs of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

"Canada is much more safe - there's no war, nothing", Afraa Bilan told the BBC.

"I love him, because he knows what humanity means", she said. "Everything is different, everything is good - nothing like Syria".

But they were very thankful to be there and, now, to welcome their first Canadian son. "He got his citizenship before us!" she added.

Balil said she hopes both Trudeaus could meet someday.

In its response to Lobb's questions, dated March 21, Global Affairs said Canada was "re-engaging with the world to champion the values that Canadians hold dear and advance our interests".

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