Canadian PM Justin Trudeau visits IIM-Ahmedabad, calls for empowering women

Posted February 21, 2018

It appears that Trudeau's handling of the Khalistani issue and concerns in India that his government is soft on pro-Khalistani elements have meant most Indian political leaders have chosen to stay away from meeting the 46-year-old, who became Prime Minister of Canada in 2015.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau definitely is a social media darling, thanks to his charming looks and fashion sense.

SGPC, an apex religious body of the Sikhs, will honour Trudeau by presenting him a Siropa (robe of honour), a replica of the Golden Temple and a sword, an SGPC official said.

Dehejia pointed out in the BBC report that the reason behind the lukewarm reception could be that several members of Trudeau's cabinet are allegedly linked to the Sikh Khalistan separatist movement, which seeks an independent Sikh homeland in Indian Punjab.

The list of worldwide trips by this prime minister keeps growing and the list of accomplishments doesn't seem to be doing the same thing.

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Trudeau's visit to Gujarat is the first by a Canadian prime minister. "Canada should apologise to Amarinder Singh for this error".

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will hold a meeting in Amritsar on February 21, officials said on Monday ending long-standing uncertainty.

Trudeau will be in Mumbai tomorrow.

The dispute is largely a disagreement over freedom of speech.

The Canadian President amazed by the Indian diversity said this would let his children understand that diversity was not only in Canada but also in various other parts of the world. Junior agriculture minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who is, as one Canadian put it, like a (mere) "parliamentary secretary in Canada".

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"Canada is rich in oil and gas and we can help meet the energy security demands of India's fast-growing economy".

Trudeau then attended a dinner that was hosted by Canada High Commissioner to India Nadir Patel in a gesture towards welcoming the Canadian PM.

In Canada, Indian companies have invested in sectors such as information technology, steel and natural resources, with Aditya Birla Group, Essar Steel, Tata Consultancy Services, Tech Mahindra, Wipro and Infosys having substantial operations there.

Trudeau's musings at a forum with students at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmedabad, India, comes just eight days before his government is due to unveil its latest budget.

Medhora said the biggest barrier to increased Canada-India trade is the fact that India used to be very closed to external investment and trade and when it started to open up, Canada was slow to jump in.

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He said the greatest potential in trade between the two countries is in people-to- people connection.