Govt Denies Perceived Snub To Canada PM Justin Trudeau

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau with his son Hadrien feeds an elephant during a tour of the elephant sanctuary in Mathura

Impressed and inspired by the place, the Canadian Prime Minister expressed the need peace, humanity and truth in the today's world. Trudeau's visit comes almost three years after Modi visited Canada in April 2015. The representative would not state just what triggered this sudden change.

It is worth mentioning that three days after his arrival, Canada and India entered a two-way investment deal worth $1 billion covering a range of sectors from natural health products to artificial intelligence. He has already been to Agra for a visit to Taj with his family.

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

Justin Trudeau was not be accompanied by PM Modi during his visit to Gujarat, which the Modi govt says is because there was no "substantive content" in Trudeau's programme in Gujarat for which the Prime Minister's presence was required- as PTI reported.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, their daughter Ella Grace and sons Hadrien and Xavier greet the media during their visit to Gandhi Ashram in Ahmedabad, India, February 19, 2018. Being received by a minister of state is in keeping with the protocol.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at IIM-Ahmedabad on Monday.

"Sukhbir Badal will welcome the Canadian PM at the Golden Temple". Trudeau himself was seen at an event in Toronto past year that featured Khalistani flags and other separatist paraphernalia, a development that irked the mandarins in the external affairs ministry. "I'm hopeful that this meeting will help strengthen the close Indo-Canadian business ties as well as the deep-rooted people-to-people relations between our two countries", tweeted the Punjab CM.

It was earlier speculated that Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh would not meet Trudeau as the latter has failed to curb pro-Khalistan voices in Canada. They said these efforts were led by the Canadian defence minister Sajjan, whose links with Sikh radicals have been closely monitored in India. He had called it a "gag order".

Sources, however, told the DH that Trudeau would also convey to Modi that while it would not allow any extremist organization to be involved in anti-India activities in Canada, its actions would not infringe upon freedom of expression that was guaranteed by law in the North American country.

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