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He was on-hand to welcome in a plane of Syrian refugees as part of the country's accelerated entry program


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?

On Thursday, Trudeau was on-hand to welcome 163 Syrian refugees to the country as part of Canada's accelerated entry program, the New York Times reports, which promises to accept 10,000 refugees by the end of the year.

“This is a wonderful night where we get to show not just a planeload of new Canadians what Canada's all about, but we get to show the world how to open our hearts and welcome in people who are fleeing extraordinarily difficult situations,” Trudeau said in a speech. “Tonight, they step off the plane as refugees. But they walk out of this terminal as permanent residents of Canada, with social insurance numbers, health cards, and an opportunity to become full Canadians.”

I mean, read the comments in this Facebook thread:

What's crazy to me is that the above sounds... almost weird? A world leader actually said something that didn't teeter on the edge of EVIL? Trudeau—who also made half his cabinet women, because he's a sparklepile of progressive sunshine—has become something of a protege of Obama, and has been speaking with the president regularly. ”It was nice to confirm in person how like-minded we are on so many issues,’’ Trudeau said on their relationship in a recent Times profile. ‘‘He said that seeing my family on TV on election night reminded him of his election in 2008 with his family. I’m looking forward to having a beer with him.’’ What a guy.