Canadian PM Trudeau begins 7-day India visit to boost ties

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Trudeau won't meet with Indian leader behind Sikh separatist controversy
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17 February, 2018

Trudeau will engage with Indian leaders in talks related to government and business, empowerment of women and girls and economic ties between the two countries.

The Trudeaus were greeted in Delhi by Nadir Patel, Canada's high commissioner in India, his wife, Jennifer Graham, and their two-year-old daughter, Nylah.

The Canada PM will visit Agra, Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Mumbai and New Delhi during his stay in India. Feminists in India - are you reading? In Amritsar, Mr Trudeau will be visiting the Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh shrines.

Allison said Trudeau needs to explain what he plans to do to fight these duties when he isn't bringing his agriculture minister to the table, given that India is an important export market for Canadian pulse producers.

While Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh was expected to receive the Canadian PM during the latter's visit to Amritsar and accompany him to the Golden Temple, however, Trudeau will not meet Singh who has publicly accused members of Trudeau's cabinet of being connected to the formation of Khalistan, a separate Sikh state movement, the ANI reported.

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The next day, he is scheduled to address a conference of young change-makers before wrapping up his visit. India is also the second largest source of immigrants to Canada and is a significant source of worldwide students enrolling in Canadian universities. For the Prime Minister to impose his world view on the entire country changes the principle of Canada from a democracy to a dictatorship.

February 23: The Prime Minister will head to the Rashtrapati Bhawan for an official welcome ceremony followed by a wreath-laying ceremony at the Gandhi Memorial at Rajghat.

The negotiators of both the countries met last week to overcome the hurdles in finalising the pact, the sources said, adding Canadian investments in India were around Dollars 15 billion in the last couple of years, and a free trade pact will further encourage investors from that country. "The Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad will have the pleasure of hosting the prime minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, for a lecture on Monday, February 19", the IIM-A said in a statement.

He will be in Mumbai on February 20 where he will be holding bilateral meetings with several business leaders.


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