Trudeau family visiting India

Describing India as a "pluralistic place" that has "done reasonably well", Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who visited Gujarat on Monday, said a lot of societies are turning "inwards towards nationalism or protectionism" as a way of holding on to the past.

Confirming the development, Singh tweeted, "Look forward to meeting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Amritsar on Wednesday".

Amarinder Singh had gone public to label Sajjan and other ministers of Indian origin in the Trudeau government as "Khalistani sympathizers". Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has just proved this oft-repeated cliche true.

The sources said it is quite unusual for a visiting dignitary to slot important talks towards the end of a visit, besides setting aside little time for official engagements.

"Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, and their three children visited the Taj Mahal yesterday while Uttar Pradesh chief minister (Yogi) Adityanath was nowhere in sight", the newspaper account reads.

Accompanied by his family, the 46-year-old prime minister arrived in New Delhi on Saturday evening. Sikhs account for less than 1.5 per cent of Canada's population.

"It's not like the prime minister is not going to meet him at all".

So, his not receiving Trudeau sparked questions about whether it is an intended "snub".

Trudeau himself pointed out Monday in a question-and-answer session with students at Ahmedabad's Indian Institute of Management that the number is small compared with the $2 billion in daily trade between Canada and the USA, but said this trip is designed in part to encourage growth. Then, last year, the Ontario Assembly, dominated by Trudeau's Liberal Party, passed a resolution condemning the "genocide" of Sikhs in India in 1984.

He said many societies were struggling to come to terms with integrating all sections of people which was resulting in them turning "inward to nationalism and protectionism".

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family members were dressed in Indian traditional attire.

In the video released by news agency "The Canadian Press", Trudeau further says that "we will continue to advocate for one united India and that is something core to what Canada is".

Apart from trade and investment, his upcoming discussions with Modi and other Indian leaders are expected to focus on cooperation in security and counterterrorism.

"On official state visits to India, PM Modi personally greets and welcomes the Israeli PM, UAE Crown Prince, and US President".

When asked to comment on dynastic politics, given that his father Pierre Trudeau also served as the 15th prime minister of Canada, he said getting into politics was "not an automatic choice" for him.

The visit is an opportunity for Trudeau to connect with the Indian leaders in the government and business, promote empowerment of women and girls, and strengthen Canada and India's close economic ties.

  • Zachary Reyes