June 21, 2019 12:31 pm
Updated: June 22, 2019 6:25 pm

Trudeau praises Nova Scotia chocolate factory run by Syrian refugees

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Justin Trudeau took time during his visit to the U.S. capital this week to praise a family of Syrian refugees who established a thriving chocolate-making business in Nova Scotia.

The prime minister made the comments when he presented some Peace by Chocolate treats to U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi Thursday.

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Based in Antigonish, N.S., Peace by Chocolate was founded by the Hadhad family, who fled their home in war-torn Damascus in 2012.

They arrived in Nova Scotia with next to nothing in 2016.

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Earlier this year, company CEO Tareq Hadhad announced the company had plans to hire 50 refugees by 2022.

In September 2016, Trudeau mentioned the family’s successful business in a speech to the United Nations.

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