Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met with the volunteers and resettled Afghan families ahead of Thanksgiving Day.
“Thanksgiving is about more than just giving thanks – it’s about giving back, too. And this morning in Orléans, along with Marie-France Lalonde, I joined Carmen and others who were busy doing exactly that,” Trudeau said in a statement posted online.
Hailing the volunteers for putting together Thanksgiving gift baskets for the newly-arrived Afghan families, Trudeau said “Being there for one another is the Canadian way – and you’re setting a great example for everyone.”
Many Canadians, including large Canadian businesses pledged support to Afghan refugees as Canada announced to welcome thousands of Afghans feeling Taliban following the takeover of the country by the extremist group in August this year.
The Government of Canada recently announced it will double its humanitarian resettlement commitment from 20,000 to 40,000 Afghan refugees.
Addressing the General Debate of the 76th United Nations General Assembly ‘In Our Hands’ last month, Canada’s Foreign Minister Marc Garneau said “Now, faced with a heart wrenching situation in Afghanistan Canadians have once again shown their openness to those who do not wish to live under Taliban rule but prefer to stand up for democracy, human rights and gender equality.”
Garneau further added “In fact, Canadians overwhelmingly called on us to do more. And in response to their generosity and welcoming spirit we have now committed to welcoming 40,000 Afghan refugees to Canada – so that they too can contribute to our success, while we continue to support their efforts for a more peaceful, tolerant world.”