In a heroic act, Prime Minister Trudeau demonstrated Canada’s welcoming spirit in accepting Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun, a Saudi girl who fled her allegedly abusive family.
The Saudi girl escaped the Islamic totalitarian kingdom, making her way to Bangkok where she locked herself in a hotel room engaged in a series of Tweets pleading for help. Her story gained viral attention from around the world.
The United Nations High Commission for Refugees asked Canada to grant the 18-year-old girl asylum as a refugee, and Canada agreed.
She finally arrived in Toronto today.
Although Alqunun’s intentions were to seek refuge in Australia, Canada emerged as the quickest place for her to reach freedom.
The international organization, Human Rights Watch, has praised Canada for being determined to provide sanctuary to the young woman in need of help.
What may lead next is further tension between Canada and Saudi Arabia. But keeping true with Canadian values, Prime Minister Trudeau made the right decision. It is a testament to Canada’s generosity.
The right thing to do
The Trudeau government did the right thing by coming to Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun’s aid and flying her to Canada in a case that truly embodies a valid asylum claim.
That being said, Trudeau has a long history of utilizing moments like this to boost his personal public relations and continue branding himself as a modern day progressive politician.
This is not at all to say that bringing Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun was a PR stunt. It was absolutely the right and humane thing to do. What becomes a bit offputting of the situation is the Trudeau government’s rapid public relations and media blitzing response.
Trudeau has a long history of selectively cherry picking photos and posting on social media to garner public support.
For example, in 2017 when US President Donald Trump enacted a ban of immigrants from a list of targeted Muslim majority countries Trudeau flexed his progressive muscles with the following Tweet:
The tweet went viral and branded Canada as a country with moral standards to applaud, but at what cost?
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While accepting Rahaf Mohammed Alqunun into Canada as a refugee is an admirable action and one to be applauded, is the Trudeau government using her to some extent to play the media?
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