Trudeau Announces First Canadian Airlift of Syrian Refugees

The first planeloads of Syrian refugees to Canada will arrive this week as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acts on a signature campaign pledge already facing delay.

Speaking to lawmakers in the Ottawa legislature Wednesday, Trudeau said the first airlift is scheduled to arrive in Toronto on Thursday, followed by a second group due to land in Montreal on Saturday.

Trudeau pledged during Canada’s recent election to bring 25,000 refugees into the country by the end of the year. After taking power he said his Liberal government couldn’t meet its target and instead extended the timeline to the end of February.

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