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Justin Trudeau 'snubbed' by Indian government on official trip

Justin Trudeau 'snubbed' by Indian government on official trip

In 2016, when Amarinder Singh was the Punjab Congress chief, he had written a strongly-worded letter to the Canadian prime minister, lodging a protest on being denied permission for interaction with Punjabi NRIs in Canada in the run-up to the Punjab Assembly polls.

The prime minister's father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, visited India on multiple occasions when he was Canada's leader during the 1970s and early '80s.

The wife of visiting Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Tuesday called for an end to gender disparity, saying the world has suffered a lot due to inequality between men and women.

Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh had said he would discuss business as well as people-to-people ties with Trudeau in Amritsar on Wednesday.

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.

The two trips have drawn comparisons online, with analysts watching carefully to see whether the arrival of Trump Jr., who holds no official government title, is afforded more attention than that of the Canadian Prime Minister.

Anupam Kher too wrote on Twitter, "It was such a pleasure to meet the Canadian Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau & his family".

Punjab CM to meet Trudeau at a hotel.

A motion in the Ontario legislature a year ago to label anti-Sikh riots at the Golden Temple in 1984 as an act of genocide, and recent decisions by more than a dozen Canadian gurdwaras to ban entry to Indian diplomats in their official government capacity, have added to India's concerns.

Two stalled trade agreements - one on fair trade and one on foreign investments - have been under negotiation since 2010, and hopes had been high that Trudeau's visit would help to push those talks forward.

Hundreds of personnel of Punjab Police and other security agencies have been stationed at the Guru Ram Das Jee International Airport, and on the road from the airport to the Golden Temple complex and other areas Trudeau is expected to visit.

"A visit to the Golden Temple is of great electoral significance for Trudeau", said Ajai Sahni, an expert who runs the South Asia Terrorism portal that tracks terrorist and militant groups operating in South Asia.

Trudeau is on an eight-day visit to India.


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