PM Modi snubbing Canadian PM Trudeau? Government denies allegations

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's first visit was as a boy, with his father Pierre Trudeau.

The Canadian premier also had a 90-minute roundtable with women business leaders including ICICI Bank chief Chanda Kochhar and Swati Piramal of the Piramal Group, among others at the iconic Taj Mahal hotel.

Other than just Justin Trudeau's visit to India, the national security advisers of India and Canada met in Delhi. Justin and Sophie also attended a dinner hosted by the High Commissioner for Canada to India, Nadir Patel.

"There is a lot of room to grow" bilateral trade, Trudeau said at the IIM event.

Amarinder Singh had refused to meet Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan during the latter's visit to Punjab a year ago.

Dehejia added that the reason for Trudeau's lukewarm reception could well be that several members of his government were closely allied with a Sikh independence movement - the Khalistan movement - which seeks to create a separate independent Sikh homeland in Punjab. The Trudeaus posed for picture-perfect snaps in front of the country's most iconic landmark, with Justin revealing that he last visited the mausoleum some 35 years ago. He had even accused Sajjan of being a "Khalistani sympathizer".

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Singh responded by saying he looked forward to having productive meetings with Trudeau on his trip.

A report on CBC News chose to focus on the deals and Memorandums of Understanding the two countries are expected to sign and the importance of bilateral trade, especially with it now being just around $8 billion annually.

HT goes on to say that Trudeau is expected to affirm his government's belief in a "strong and united" India during his visit as acknowledgement of these concerns.

Trudeau was greeted by junior agriculture minister, Gajendra Singh Shekhawat, upon arrival in New Delhi, and isn't scheduled to meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi until February 23, a good six days into the trip.

Sources, however, told the DH that Trudeau would also convey to Modi that while it would not allow any extremist organization to be involved in anti-India activities in Canada, its actions would not infringe upon freedom of expression that was guaranteed by law in the North American country.

Some have suggested that Trudeau and other Canadian politicians have not taken a position on the matter due to their plans to woo the 1.4 million-strong Indian-origin community, many of them Sikhs, for the elections next year. He said Monday the Khalistan issue is a tough for one for Canada and India to navigate, but does not believe it hurts trade.