OTTAWA Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai on Wednesday obtained honorary Canadian citizenship and praised Canada’s open up embrace of refugees less than the Liberal federal government of Key Minister Justin Trudeau.
Canada last 12 months accepted 25,000 refugees from Syria and in January, when U.S. President Donald Trump issued an immigration ban on people today from seven Muslim-bulk nations around the world, Trudeau pointedly tweeted that refugees were welcome in Canada.
“Your motto and your stand – Welcome to Canada – is more than a headline or a hashtag,” Yousafzai said in an tackle to legislators in the Canadian Parliament.
“I pray that you go on to open up your households and your hearts to the world’s most defenseless kids and people,” she said.
Yousafzai, an Pakistani schooling activist who came to prominence when a Taliban gunman shot her in the head in 2012, is only the sixth individual to get honorary Canadian citizenship.
Other recipients involve Nelson Mandela and the Dalai Lama.
(Reporting by David Ljunggren, Modifying by Franklin Paul)