Canada to reaffirm support to unity of India, when Trudeau meets Modi

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"There are tremendous connections between Canada and India, whether it is natural resources or tech sector like IT, creativity, pharmaceutical.There are huge compatibilities and complementarities between our nations". "I think just the ease of doing business, the business friendliness of the Canadian government across the country I think is something that is a true delight for an investor".

But Indian and Canadian media said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has sidestepped his Canadian counterpart over the Trudeau administration's perceived support for Sikh separatists and dealings with Sikh groups in Canada.

Amarinder Singh had gone public to label Sajjan and other ministers of Indian origin in the Trudeau government as "Khalistani sympathizers".

A number of Trudeau's cabinet colleagues including Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland, Science and Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains, Defence Minister Harjit Singh Sajjan, Science and Sports Minister Kirsty Duncan and Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi are also visiting India.

Junior agriculture minister Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, who is, as one Canadian put it, like a (mere) "parliamentary secretary in Canada" was sent to receive Trudeau and his family at the airport along with the Indian Ambassador to Canada, Vikas Swarup.

Wudrick said, "A cynic might suggest that the main benefit of this trip is boosting the esteem of the prime minister in the eyes of Canada's large Indian diaspora".

However, apart from a handful of dissenting voices, most of the media in Canada have chosen to adopt a wait-and-watch approach. "To feel that "yes we are challenged, but not threatened by them", I think is a sign of maturity in a community", he added. It reached $8 billion in 2016, far shy of the goal of $15 billion by 2015 set by the former Conservative government.

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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Krueger had a similar approach, quipping that "great minds think alike". "That was the key to the race", explained Girard. We train together, all the team was behind me on this medal. "It was my time to go, my time to shine in front".

Welcoming more Indians to his country, Trudeau said the 1.3 million-strong Indo-Canadians are a great strength for this nation. "Free trade deals are nice to have but not necessary for trade to grow".

"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.

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

"We also spoke about Canadian companies investing in India, whether it is pension funds or others", he said.

In case Trudeau's planned visits with Modi and Amarinder do go through, the visit may ultimately be seen in a positive light by the Canadian and global media.

Throughout the city of Ahmedabad, billboards and banners with Trudeau's and Modi's photos and the slogan "Long Live India-Canada Friendship" lined the motorcade route.

On Monday, speaking with the students at IIM Ahmedabad, the Canadian Prime Minister, who is on a week-long visit to India, said that women were facing discrimination, sexism, and judgment every day in their lives.

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