03/07/2017 01:43 EST

Martin Luther King III Praises Canada As A 'North Star' Of Freedom

King was in Lethbridge attending a leadership conference.

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — The oldest son of Martin Luther King Jr. is praising Canada for being a beacon of freedom.

At a leadership conference in Lethbridge this morning, Martin Luther King III said his father gave a series of lectures in Toronto 50 years ago.

Martin Luther King III speaks to reporters after his meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump Tower on Jan. 16, 2017 in New York City.

He says his father paid homage to Canada for being a haven for those seeking freedom through the Underground Railroad.

King says Canada continues to be a "north star'' for those seeking freedom.

He says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Canada have set a "wonderful standard of freedom'' watched by millions of people.

King's praise comes as U.S. President Donald Trump imposes another travel ban on people from a handful of predominantly Muslim countries.

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