Published: Wed, February 21, 2018
Finance | By Gustavo Carr

Amarinder to meet Trudeau on Wednesday

Amarinder to meet Trudeau on Wednesday

New Delhi is particularly irked over the ban recently imposed by the management committees of as many as 14 Gurudwaras in Ontario province of Canada on the entry of the officials and official representatives of government of India into the shrines.

The Ottawa-based advocacy group, Canadian Taxpayers Federation, told Hindustan Times that it wasn't impressed with the itinerary either.

"Look forward to meeting Canadian Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau in Amritsar on Wednesday".

Trudeau then attended a dinner that was hosted by Canada High Commissioner to India Nadir Patel in a gesture towards welcoming the Canadian PM. "Benefits of the trade should be shared with citizens and marginalised communities", he said. Is this a business trip paid for by the taxpayers of Canada? Diplomats have noted that the visit appears to be heavy on photo opportunities and light on substantive engagements, with just half a day of the eight-day visit set aside for official engagements. Writing in the visitor's book at the Sabarmati Ashram, Trudeau said: "A handsome place of peace, humanity and truth that is as needed today as ever". Trudeau, who arrived in India on Saturday, is on a week-long state visit to the country.

The report went to say that while the trip was being touted as a bid to "heat up Indo-Canadian relations", the response to it so far has been dubbed as "lukewarm" back home. PM Modi, who has broken protocols several times to receive foreign ministers did not come to receive Trudeau as he landed in India.

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"When you think of natural connections between India and Canada, especially in the field of agriculture or pulses, where we have slight challenges".

Of the 35.2 million people living in Canada, immigrants account for two-thirds of its growth. Many Canadians believe so. Trudeau's planned stopover at the Golden Temple in Amritsar is being viewed as a bid to tap into the support of this section.

However, apart from a handful of dissenting voices, most of the media in Canada have chosen to adopt a wait-and-watch approach.

But Candice Malcolm, a columnist for the Toronto Sun newspaper, insisted that Trudeau has been given the "cold shoulder" by the Indian government. And they are decidedly unimpressed. According to various reports, Fidelito left a suicide note behind where he addressed the 46-year-old Prime Minister as his "half-brother".

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