While the United States of America continues to wallow in hatred, bigotry, and guns, our neighbor to the north is presenting a much more enlightened image to the world as a beacon for hope and humanity - and bootstrap-level Christianity.
Pay attention world. Canada is in a teaching mode!
Last night Canada's new Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and a host of other government officials were at the airport in Toronto to greet the first of many planes crammed with refugees from Syria. As passengers disembarked from a Canadian military aircraft that had just arrived on a sixteen-hour flight from Beirut, Lebanon, the young shirt-sleeved Prime Minister cheerfully greeted them with "You are home - you are safe at home now!"
While the Prime Minister of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne, handed out winter coats to the new arrivals, Trudeau mingled with his new countrymen offering personal greetings and posing for selfies.
Prime Minister Trudeau had this to say about the evening's events and the new arrivals:
"This is a wonderful night where we get to show, not just a plane load of new Canadians what Canada's all about, we get to show the world how to open our hearts and welcome in people who are fleeing extraordinarily difficult situations. They step off the plane as refugees, but they walk out of this terminal as permanent residents of Canada. with social insurance numbers, with health cards and with the opportunity to become full Canadians. This is something we are able to do in this country because we define a Canadian not by his skin color or language or religion or background, but by a shared set of values, aspirations, hopes and dreams that, much like Canadians, people around the world share."
Canada plans to welcome 10,000 refugees this month and a total of at least 25,000 before next March.
(There is no word yet on how quickly U.S. Republican leaders will start demanding that a wall be built between the United States and Canada.)
Thank you citizens of Canada, both old and new, for being such great Americans. May your light of hope forever shine brightly!