Trudeau 'assures' India Canada won't support Khalistan

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during the Canada India business forum in Mumbai

That might explain why Singh - who has accused Trudeau of harbouring ministers sympathetic to the separatist cause in his cabinet - appeared keen to mend fences today.

Mr. Trudeau, as well as the NDP's Jagmeet Singh, may be looking to a sizable Sikh vote base to strengthen their electoral position - but that's doesn't mean they should fall back on free speech whenever they are questioned on the Khalistan issue, especially given Canada's own history with the Khalistan movement.

Canadian Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan and Punjab Local Government Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu were also present with them in the meeting.

Six days into his eight-day visit to India, Mr. Trudeau is yet to meet Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Three days ago, Sajjan again reached out to the chief minister.

Trudeau, Sajjan at his side, promised to look into it, which is good news since Singh has previously refused to meet Sajjan.

Trudeau was also honoured inside the sanctum sanctorum of Golden Temple.

Tight security was in place in and around Amritsar for Trudeau's visit.

Indeed, from the moment the Canadians arrived in Amritsar, signs were evident that the chief minister wanted to reduce tensions.

In his "Passage to India" style tour, Trudeau had landed in Amritsar after covering Agra, Ahmedabad, and Mumbai, savouring the best of desi culture. The two are expected to discuss business as well as people-to-people ties.

The categorical assurance from Trudeau came when Captain Amarinder sought the Canadian prime minister's cooperation in cracking down on separatism and hate crime by a fringe element, constituting a miniscule percentage of Canada's population.

The term "freedom of expression" has been used by Canadian leaders in the past to resist Indian pressure to crack down on nonviolent Sikh separatists in Canada.

Queen Elizabeth II's First Fashion Week Appearance In Photos
Not content with simply watching a fashion show, the Queen then dropped by the offices of Dazed & Confused magazine. News of this rare appearance spread faster than juicy gossip.

The prime minister's trip has been fraught with controversy.

Trudeau was nonetheless upbeat about the possibilities, claiming, "This was really a win-win morning, a win-win day for all of us and I'm excited for the opportunities in the Canada-India friendship", Trudeau told Chanda Kochhar, CEO of the Industrial Credit and Investment Corp. of India.

The Trudeau government's written account of the meeting, known as a readout, went on to mention familiar Trudeau themes such as the empowerment of women and girls.

Amarinder also raised the issue of Indo-Canadians believed to be involved in targeted killings in Punjab.

According to Singh's account, Trudeau responded by saying he "would look into the issue".

The Chief Minister identified Higher Education, Scientific Research & Technology, Innovation & Start Ups, as well as Skill Development as some of the areas in which Canada could contribute to the development of Punjab. In his next leg, Trudeaus will be visiting Jama Masjid in Delhi.

"We will always stand against violent extremism, but we understand that diversity of views is one of the great strengths of Canada", Trudeau said.

The professor at the university's graduate school of public and global affairs says Modi's political leanings more closely resemble those of U.S. President Donald Trump - and even former prime minister Stephen Harper - than they do Trudeau's feel-good approach.

Whatever the two talked about, Singh did seem satisfied with what he heard.

The SGPC, the apex religious body of the Sikhs, has organised a special event in the honour of Trudeau.

Chandigarh:Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrived at the Amritsar global airport to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple here. In the Langar, or communal kitchen, rows of men and women sat together on the floor while servers walked among them ladling soup into bowls. The family bowed before the Guru Granth Sahib, the Sikh holy book that is considered as a living guru.

Related News:

Most liked

UP Investors Summit: PM Modi announces Rs20,000 crore defence production corridor
With this "capacity and strength", Modi said, UP can be a "growth engine" not just for north India but for the entire country. The Investors' Summit has been organised to further the cause of economic development in the state and attract investments.

First Airbus A350-1000 powered by Trent XWB-97 engine enters service
The aircraft is also the most expensive twin-engine Airbus aircraft now being sold, with a list price of $366.5 million. The arrival of the A350-1000 is a sign of the airline's continued commitment to rolling out Qsuite across its fleet.

Venezuelan opposition parties to boycott 'fraudulent' presidential election
Petro punters must consider not only the cost of Venezuelan black gold, but also the credibility of the Maduro government. However they may be exchanged for petro tokens proper once the initial coin offering launches.

North Korea scrapped talks with Pence 'at last minute
North Korea has not carried out any weapons tests since it shot off its biggest intercontinental ballistic missile last November. Figure skating pair Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, the only North Koreans to qualify for the Games, were the nation's best hope.

Qualcomm Announces Snapdragon 845 Mobile VR Reference Platform
The GPU uses that information to render higher quality graphics where the eyes are paying attention. Such tracking is important not just for VR experiences but also for augmented reality applications.

Pennsylvania's New Congressional Map Isn't Going Over Great With Some
A new district was carved out of the area around Olympia, taking a portion of the 3rd District that is represented by Rep. But where you draw the line on gerrymandering is a matter of debate so hotly contested it's now before the U.S.

First trailer and images for Netflix's Lost in Space remake
Smith, with Ignacio Serricchio , Taylor Russell , Mina Sundwall , and Maxwell Jenkins rounding out the cast. Netflix announces the premiere date for their new Lost In Space series with April 13, 2018.

Alabama set to hire Craig Kuligowski as next DL coach
Monday night reports surfaced, first from Bruce Feldman, that Craig Kuligowski is Saban's choice. Miami ranked fifth with 111 tackles for a loss and was sixth with a plus-13 turnover margin.

Canada's Cassie Sharpe soars into women's ski halfpipe final
The 25-year-old Sharpe said she had only met Burke once but still felt the presence and influence of her fellow Canadian. Further schedule information for the Games can be found via the International Olympic Committee's official website .

Big guns avoid each other in quarter final draw
Chris Hughton's side are well organised and tough to break down and they will be too good for their lower league opponents. Manchester City has lost only 1 match this season in Premier League and it's hard to foresee it happening on Monday again.

Mueller eyes Kushner contacts
Kushner is also under scrutiny for a meeting he had had with Sergey Gorkov, chairman of the Russian state-run Vnesheconombank. The Kushner Companies bought the building in 2007 for $1.8 billion in a deal heavily reliant on loans.

Knight scores; United States of America beats Finland to advance to gold medal game
The Americans are back in the title game for a third straight Olympics after shutting out Finland 5-0 on Monday in the semifinals. They outshot their rival 45-23 in last week's loss, and players say they were just a couple of bounces away from winning.

Tuesday Weather Could Break Record
Rain will arrive before the sun comes up, and there will likely be some thunder and lightning with it for early Wednesday morning. Ditto Friday's expected high temperature of 56 degrees, which won't come close to the 2017 record of 78 degrees.

GIMS: Volkswagen Reveals Sketches Of ID Vizzion Luxury EV Sedan
The auto will eventually enter production, starting 2020, shortly after the Crozz and Buzz get their own production versions. A 111 kWh lithium-ion battery pack provides up to 665 km in driving range, with braking regeneration taken into account.

Oil prices search for momentum, though inflation looms
WTI futures were up 1.04 percent to $62.32 per barrel, while Brent crude futures were down 0.30 percent to $65.47 per barrel. A more robust dollar makes oil and other dollar-denominated commodities more expensive for holders of other currencies.