It's hard to believe, but it looks as if we can safely sew those little Canadian flags on the back of our backpacks again.
After having to remove them during the Harper years.
And travel around the world dressed like this...
Because thanks to Justin Trudeau, and the way he welcomed the Syrian refugees in our name.
We're suddenly cool again.
The reviews couldn't be more numerous or more flattering.
Or more adoring.
U.S. politics right now feel like a clown show of ventriloquized garbage bags yelling dangerous nonsense about Muslims and the Second Amendment. But just north of the border, in Canada, new (and still very boyish) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is showing just how far leadership traits like compassion and open-mindedness can go toward endearing yourself to your countrymen. Who would have thought?
The contrast with the Trump Nation couldn't be greater...
And of course the sight of the weary refugees being greeted by the Prime Minister couldn't have been more of a thrilling sight.
Or their joy to be finally in Canada more moving.
But of course there are always party poopers.
And although the government and thousands of Canadians are doing their best to make the airlift a success.
Immigration Minister John McCallum knows the days are ticking by, and that key details remain up in the air, but he insists he is still hoping to get 10,000 Syrian refugees into the country by the end of the year.
There was the ghastly Michelle Rempel dumping all over it...
Conservative MP Michelle Rempel said the speed of the operation – and the emphasis on “arbitrary” deadlines – is raising some unanswered questions. She said she was left unsettled by the “shiny and glossy” event in Toronto at which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his team welcomed the first wave of refugees when they arrived on Thursday night on a Canadian Forces flight.
Trying to turn something beautiful into something ugly.
In particular, she has questions about the health and security screening, and whether the Canadian and international staff doing the work have the time and resources to do everything by the book.
Still trying to make the refugees sound like a deadly threat.
Like her depraved leader did...
Only to be made to look as monstrous as him.
By the heartwarming welcome of children like these...
Who along with so many other Canadians are making it only too clear that Justin Trudeau and the refugees are helping to bring out the best in us.
And that our Canada is finally back.
Of course it won't all be smooth sailing. There are many challenges ahead.
And the refugees will have to be told the cold truth eventually...
Before they discover it themselves, the hard way.
But it doesn't really matter if we welcome them as warmly as so many Canadians are doing.
And I've signed up to do my part, by among other things, volunteering to teach some new arrivals that winter can be really great if you learn how to skate...
And in the place where I live, the CN tower is glowing like a giant candy cane.
It's starting to look a lot like
And I couldn't be prouder or happier.
Woohoo!!! We're cool again !!!!
Have a great weekend everybody...
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