"India matters to Canada", Trudeau told a gathering in Mumbai on Tuesday, where he said his delegation had just inked significant investments in Canada, by Indian tech companies like Tech Mahindra, Infosys and Tata Consultancy Services. "We are filled with grace and humility", Trudeau penned down in the visitors' book at the Golden Temple.
5 lakh Sikhs are living in Canada.
The visit has been overshadowed by non-business-related news such as Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi not greeting Trudeau upon his arrival and accusations of Canadian sympathizing with Sikh separatism and the Khalistan region.
While UP CM Yogi Adityanath did not receive Trudeau when he was in the state, in a tweet yesterday Punjab CM Amarinder Singh showed he would not follow suit and said that he hopes that meeting Trudeau would not only enhance the relation between both the countries but also strengthen the people-to-people relations between the two countries.
The announcement from Trudeau came after he held meetings with Indian corporate giants and industry leaders including Tata Group chairman N.Chandrasekaran; Birla Group chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla; Mahindra group chief Anand Mahindra; Salil Parikh of Infosys, and Cyrus Mistry of the Pallonjee Mistry group, among others.
"I took up the issue pertaining to Khalistan as it is a matter of primary concern to us".
Capt Amarinder Singh has also claimed that he had taken up with the PM issues of trade and agriculture development for which Trudeau has given a promise. He snubbed Sajjan when the minister visited India in April, calling him and the other three Sikh ministers in Trudeau's cabinet "Khalistani sympathizers".
Toronto's Brookfield Asset Management is accounting for $480 million of the Canadian portion, buying office space in Mumbai India.
Significantly, Canada's defence minister Harjit Sajjan and Punjab local government minister Navjot Singh Sidhu were also present. As Conservatives, we will continue to clearly and forcefully express our opposition to this Liberal values test that is now being imposed on applicants to the Canada Summer Jobs program.
Amarinder Singh had refused to meet him during the latter's visit to the state in April previous year and even dubbed him and other ministers of Punjab-origin in the Trudeau government as "Khalistani sympathisers". In the evening, however, it was his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, and the eldest two of his children who were seen by his side.
Even Prime Minister Modi will meet him at a reception in Delhi when the Trudeaus return to the national capital on their way back home.
The nationalist premier shared a photo of himself meeting with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani the same day that Trudeau landed.