Justin Trudeau meets Bollywood celebrities

  • Justin Trudeau meets Bollywood celebrities

Justin Trudeau meets Bollywood celebrities

It will present him with a Siropa (robe of honour), a gold-plated replica of the Golden Temple, shawl, gold plated-kirpan (ceremonial dagger) and religious books at the information centre, an SGPC official said.

Underlining the significance of the large and influential Sikh and Punjabi community settled in his country, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, accompanied by his wife and children, offered prayers at the Golden Temple Feb. 21. He will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday, where host of issues, including investments, job creations, security and anti-terrorism issues will be discussed.

It began with a cold shoulder.

But, no worries. The Trudeaus had places to go and sites to see.

Amarinder Singh had refused to meet him during the latter's visit to the state in April a year ago and even dubbed him and other ministers of Punjab-origin in the Trudeau government as "Khalistani sympathizers".

"The visit to the [Toronto] parade was a no-no for a Canadian prime minister", former Indian high commissioner to Canada Vishnu Prakash told The Hindu newspaper.

This also bodes well, of course, for the six Trudeau cabinet ministers now travelling with their leader, as well as for the 13 MPs who are paying their own way, but will undoubtedly claim it on their 2018 income-tax return as a legitimate business expense.

Union minister of state (Independent Charge) for Housing and Urban Affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and Punjab Cultural Affairs and Tourism Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu also accompanied the prime minister to the Golden Temple.

Amarinder Singh meets Justin Trudeau and his family in Amritsar on Wednesday.

Amarinder also interacted with Trudeau's family and had a hand shake with Harjit Singh Sajjan, who he had earlier refused to meet when he last visited India.

"We, of course, reject violence and hate speech, or hateful speech", he said.

Toronto's Brookfield Asset Management is accounting for $480 million of the Canadian portion, buying office space in Mumbai India.

Indian media reports suggested that Trudeau, who is on an extended tour of India along with wife and children, had received a lukewarm reception because of concerns that he was a bit soft on Sikh extremist groups in his country.

Besides the Trudeau-Amarinder meeting, which had remained uncertain till Monday evening, the other highlight was the Chief Minister meeting Sajjan, who was born in Punjab's Hoshiarpur district and is the first Sikh to handle the defence portfolio of a western country. "We are filled with grace and humility", he wrote in the visitors' book before leaving the shrine.