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Was Trudeau’s trip to prove he’s more ‘Sikh’ than Jagmeet?

By Bhupinder S. Liddar      

While Canada-India relations have taken a dive, Justin Trudeau has cemented his Canadian Sikh vote and garnered sympathy among Canadians who feel their prime minister was treated unfairly and disrespectfully by his Indian hosts.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on his official visit to India two weeks ago. The recent election of Jagmeet Singh, of Sikh faith, as NDP leader, is another factor weighing on the minds of Liberal strategists as they eye the next federal election, writes Bhupinder Liddar. Photograph courtesy of Twitter

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s recent visit to India generated ample drama, duplicity, diplomatic faux pas, and hype, to make one wish the visit did not happen. If Canada and India did not enjoy amicable relations before, they have certainly soured further, with little hope for rapprochement.

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