Canadian PM may not have official meet with Capt
- Author: Megan Austin Feb 17, 2018,
Feb 17, 2018, 23:14
Trudeau took to Twitter and said that his India visit would be focussed on "creating good jobs and strengthening the deep connection between the people of our two countries". He is also expected to visit the Partition museum situated nearby.
Trudeau will be in Agra, Delhi, Amritsar, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai on his week-long visit.
Trudeau will be accompanied by his four Sikh Ministers - Harjit Singh Sajjan (defence), Navdeep Singh Bains (innovation, science and economic development), Amarjit Singh Sohi (infrastructure and communities) and Bardish Kaur Chagger (small business and tourism), who is also the Leader of the Government in the House of Commons and a number of other Sikh MPs. Captain Amarinder Singh's record of maligning Canadian Cabinet Ministers is learnt to have acted as a driving force behind Trudeau's stance.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had paid a bilateral visit to Canada in April 2015.
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During his visit, Trudeau will interact with business leaders, representatives of the film industry and students. Besides, Trudeau is also likely to visit the Partition Museum, recently established in the colonial-era building of Town Hall in the vicinity of Golden Temple.
As he arrived in the capital for his first state visit to India, the Canadian Prime Minister stepped out of the aircraft with his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and children Hadrien, Ella-Grace Margaret and Xavier James Trudeau. The next day he will visiting the Golden Temple in Amritsar after which he will return to Delhi on February 22.
In 2017, two-way merchandise trade between Canada and India amounted to $8.4 billion, split equally between exports to and imports from India, according to Indian media.
He will hold wide-ranging talks with Prime Minister Modi on 23 February and address a conference of young change-makers on 24 February. Approximately 1.4 million Canadians are of Indian heritage and India is Canada's second largest source of immigrants. Even as Trudeau senior and family were being received by Minister of State for Agriculture Gajendra Singh and Indian Ambassador to Canada Vikas Swarup, Hadrien paraded around the runway with a bouquet of flowers and stole the show at the airport.