Did Modi govt snub Canada PM Trudeau?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau With his wife Sophie and Children at Darbar Sahib Complex

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau With his wife Sophie and Children at Darbar Sahib Complex

"So much so that we are able to announce over 5,000 new jobs in Canada and over United States dollars 1 billion of (Indian) investment in Canada", Trudeau said at the Canada-India Business Forum.

The Canadian prime minister is certainly no stranger to accusations of clumsy political pandering and tone-deafness, but the more optimistic interpretation is that he took his lumps from India's political establishment with the airport snub, walked it off with a tour of the Taj Mahal, and can now set about restoring strained Indo-Canadian relations.

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"It is also people-to-people ties, it is also cultural, economic and business".

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The reality here is that the partnership is worth $1 billion - total.

Canadian companies, meanwhile, plan to invest $750 million in India.

In comments to the media on Monday however, Trudeau strongly rejected suggestions that Canada was encouraging Sikh extremism, saying Canada's position of supporting "one united India" had not changed. After a fruitful session with the financial bigwigs, Trudeau said corporate India has committed Dollars 1 billion worth of investments in his country, which will create over 5,000 jobs.

As well, Jubilant Life Sciences will spend $100 million to expand its existing facility in Kirkland, Que., which manufactures medical devices. India was the source of the second-most newcomers in 2016 with 40,000. "With good leadership, business follows and as you learn from my team we have big plans for Canada". "We have, we have been very strong on that and we'll continue to be", said Trudeau. The deals will touch on everything from pulp mills, pharamaceuticals, and the IT sector.

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The investment deals are the first tangible delivery from Trudeau's trip and come despite the fact Canada and India trade is not growing as quickly as some had hoped.

Kasi Rao, chair of the Canada-India Business Council, which hosted the Trudeau armchair chat Tuesday, said the slow growth between Canada and India comes from a lethargy on Canada's part and a lack of knowledge of Canada within India. In reply to another question though, Trudeau said that he defended Canada's values and Canadian interests and that diversity of views in Canada was extremely important to him. Many of them are traditional supporters of Trudeau's Liberal Party.

Trudeau is also trying to push some of his domestic political priorities in India, including women's empowerment and human rights.

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