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TORONTO – Less than two months after taking office, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appeared at Toronto Pearson International Airport to welcome some Syrian refugees. The image of the dashing young leader, son of one of the most influential prime ministers in Canadian history, presenting a toddler with a pink winter coat took flight and landed on countless media websites, Facebook pages and Twitter posts around the world. It made a big impression at home, too.

"Doesn't it just feel different to be Canadian now?" a Toronto woman wrote on Facebook the following week, adding that her "happiness level [had] gone up...

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