'This Is Canada': Photo Of Crowd Welcoming Syrian Refugees Is Diversity In A Nutshell

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A Toronto man's Facebook post capturing a crowd welcoming Syrian refugees to Canada is making the rounds online.

"Dear world," Hassan McMasri wrote. "This is Canada. I have nothing else to say. This is Canada.

In this picture you will see the Prime Minister, Defence Minister, Premier of Ontario, white folks, black folks, women, men, ladies with scarfs, ladies without one. Old and young and few generations in between. [At] 11:37 PM, Canada came together to show the world what my country stands for. This is my country and love, show me yours."

Dear world,This is Canada. I have nothing else to say. This is Canada. In this picture you will see the Prime...

Posted by Hassan McMasri on Thursday, December 10, 2015

The first wave of Syrian refugees landed in Toronto on a government plane on Thursday. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto Mayor John Tory were on hand to greet the newcomers, as were many Canadians bearing gifts and well wishes.

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Photo: Nathan Denette/CP

Trudeau's presence was of particular note and made headlines around the world, with some enviously comparing Canada's refugee policy to those of their home countries.

"Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Just Gave U.S. Politicians a Refreshing Lesson in Compassion," was the headline on GQ's website.

A second planeload of Syrian refugees landed in Montreal Saturday evening to a massive welcoming crowd, including Quebec Premier Phillippe Couillard.

— With files from The Canadian Press

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