Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met his namesake – a two-month-old Syrian refugee called Justin-Trudeau Adam Bilan – on Saturday.
Photos tweeted by Trudeau’s official photographer showed the Canadian PM wearing a white stetson and holding little Justin-Trudeau at the rodeo and festival in Alberta.
Mr Trudeau looked delighted to meet the small child, who was born in Canada earlier this year.
Credit: Twitter/Adam Scotti
His parents Afraa and Muhammad Bilan came to the country as refugees via Lebanon from war-ravaged Damascus with their two older children last year.
‘It was actually very good, it was amazing. I can’t believe that I met the Prime Minster Justin Trudeau,’ Afraa told the Daily Mail.
‘He held [the baby] and he said, “This is Justin-Trudeau,” and then he says, “I appreciate that you named him after my name”.’
“We love this man, we appreciate him,” she told the Toronto Star earlier this year.
“He helped a lot of refugees. He’s the reason we are in Canada.”
She said that he was the first Canadian in the family – and that the rest are working on getting citizenship.
Canada agreed to accept tens of thousands of Syrian refugees after the country’s 23rd Prime Minister took office.
In November, another Syrian refugee family in nearby Red Deer, Alberta, also named their son Justin to honor Trudeau.
An estimated 40,000 Syrian refugees have come into the country since 2015.