A Nanos Research survey for CTV News recently found that 37% of Canadians believe that Trudeau made the right decision on the number of refugees to accept, while another 28% believe that they should be taking in more.
In his speech, Trudeau reminded people that the holiday season is a time for compassion and love, and that he hopes Canada will spread the warmth to refugees who will be spending their first winter in their new homes.
"After all, we share values of love, hope, and compassion. It's what we do and it's who we are," Trudeau, elected in October, said in his speech.
"We often celebrate this time of year by showing our generosity to family and friends," he said. "I trust that we will do the same with the thousands of people who are experiencing the Canadian holidays and the Canadian winter for the first time — the Syrian refugees."
Trudeau concluded his speech by offering gratitude for the “brave women and men of the Canadian Armed Forces who cannot be with their families,” and sent warm Christmas wishes with “all the best for health and happiness in 2016,” for all.