Bringing family to India coming 'full circle': PM

Justin Trudeau With Family In Tow Visits Taj Mahal

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau with wife and children visit the Taj Mahal in Agra on Sunday

The development came following uncertainty over whether the Canadian premier would hold a meeting with Amarinder Singh during his short visit to Amritsar on February 21.

The lukewarm reception of Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family to India on February 17 raised concerns, especially amidst Canadian media, that Trudeau was being snubbed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Experts have been pushing the Liberals to create dedicated paternity leave in the budget and increase the value of benefits paid out for parents who opt for an 18-month parental leave that became available late past year. As per the itinerary posted on Trudeau's official website, the Canadian prime minister met N Chandrasekharan of Tata Sons at 9 am before holding discussions with Infosys CEO Salil Parekh and Mahindra Group chairman Anand Mahindra. PM Modi was also absent when Mr Trudeau visited his home state of Gujarat on Monday. Singh had refused to meet the Canadian defence minister Harjit Sajjan past year on the same grounds. He is accompanied by his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and three children - Hadrien, Ella-Grace Margaret and Xavier James Trudeau - besides prominent members of his cabinet.

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The Canadian Prime Minister expressed the "frustrating" nature of the media at times, but he also underlined the importance of media to bring out the aspects where the governments go wrong.

"On official state visits to India, PM Modi personally greets and welcomes the Israeli PM, UAE Crown Prince and US President". This Punjab chief minister apparently revealed desire to guide the visiting Canadian PM on his travel to that Golden Temple inside Amritsar. A report by CBC News said that Trudeau's India visit looked more like a "family vacation" than an exercise for diplomatic engagement. Amarinder Singh had even accused Sajjan of being a "Khalistani sympathiser".

After paying tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, the Canadian Prime Minister and his family tried a hand at the spinning wheel.

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He visited the Taj Mahal with his family on Sunday. "Canada is doing several trade pacts with various deals with other countries. At the Partition Museum, Lok Sabha MP from Amritsar Gurjeet Singh Aujla would accompany Sidhu.

Capt Amarinder said that it was a gesture that underlined the depth of the relations between the two countries, which Wednesday's meeting would help in consolidating further.

"Many say that the Centre's absence of pomp and ceremony is an indication of its displeasure with Trudeau for appointing Cabinet ministers with links allegedly to the Sikh separatist movement", the report in the The Times of India continues.

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