Justin Trudeau 'snubbed' by Indian government on official trip

Punjab CM Amarinder Singh shaking hands with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau and defence minister Harjit Singh Sajjan during their visit to Amritsar on Wednesday

A 41-year-old Edmonton man is facing a criminal charge after the RCMP tracked a social media account used to post threatening messages against members of the Canadian government, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. "We will continue to advocate for one united India and that is something that is core to what Canada is", said Trudeau.

What Justin Trudeau meant to say was the India would be investing more than $250 million in Canadian business sectors, which could potentially be worth billions.

As well, Jubilant Life Sciences will spend $100 million to expand its existing facility in Kirkland, Que., which manufactures medical devices.

"I think the rest of the world is learning about leadership from you", Mahindra told Trudeau in a brief, public portion of their meeting Tuesday.

"Business leaders should take the time to listen to women and empower them, because empowering women leads to good business and helps the community", Trudeau said.

In conversation with ICICI Bank MD and CEO Chanda Kochhar later, Trudeau said, "We talk about business-to-business, government-to-government".

"This is quite clearly a strong signal that India is very unhappy with the Trudeau government for its approach to this (separatist) issue", said Jaishankar, though he cautioned that the relationship was "multifaceted" and operated on many levels.

But who came out the victor here?

Trudeau's initial reluctance to meet Punjab CM Amarinder Singh and his government's insistence on the Canadian PM taking a tour of pretty much the entire country before turning up in Delhi, despite reservations expressed by India over such an itinerary, led to a perception in the Indian government that Trudeau was probably using his India visit merely to pander to his domestic constituency which includes Khalistan supporters. Trade between the two countries stood at an estimated $6 billion in 2016. While that was double what it was in 2010, it was far shy of the $15 billion goal.

"We have several plans in Canada for three businesses, which is fibre, carbon black and rolled aluminum products", said Birla "We are very happy investors".

However, he said Canadians seem increasingly aware of the rise of Asia and India's importance and the Canada brand in India is growing. Sajjan is accompanying Trudeau on his India visit. Rao said to prove that one need only look at the fact more than 550 people signed up to attend the Tuesday discussion with Trudeau and Kochhar.



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