Or it could be a telling slip.
Because if the people being evacuated from Lebanon are Canadian citizens, they're not actually refugees. As Article 1 of the United Nations Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees states:
"A person who is outside his/her country of nationality or habitual residence; has a well-founded fear of persecution because of his/her race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group or political opinion; and is unable or unwilling to avail himself/herself of the protection of that country, or to return there, for fear of persecution."
Unless, of course, Lebanon is their country of habitual residence. In which case, why are they abandoning their homeland in its hour of need, if they are in no danger of persecution?