More room to expand trade between India, Canada: Justin Trudeau

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Ahmedabad | Published: February 20, 2018 3:06:48 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while addressing the students at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, talked about feminism, sexism, immigration system of Canada – common between him and US President Donald Trump – and many more things.

Justin Trudeau, Canadian Prime Minister, Donald Trump, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, India, US President, immigration system, immigration system of canadaCanada knows and Indian knows what trade is and we are always eager to talk about deepening the opportunities,” said the Canadian prime minister.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, while addressing the students at the Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, talked about feminism, sexism, immigration system of Canada – common between him and US President Donald Trump – and many more things. However, Trudeau did not speak much about trade and economic bonding of Canada and India. “We are certainly interested to proceed trade negotiation. Right now, trade between India and Canada is about $8 billion, which is great and of its $2 billion is from services, but we do $2 billion trade every single day with the US, so there is a lot of room to grow. Canada knows and Indian knows what trade is and we are always eager to talk about deepening the opportunities,” said the Canadian prime minister. He stated that there is so much more to do and the greatest potential is to people-to-people connection. India is the second-largest source of foreign students in Canada and it could be on top position this year.

Trudeau said, “we have 125,000 Indian students in our universities every year and India is the second-largest source of foreign students. We believe that perhaps it will be on No. 1 position this year. Gujarat has a significant proportion in it.” When asked about similarity with Donald Trump, he said, “I and President Trump have many similarities. We both are thinking about economic growth and optimistic about future.”

Talking about global warming, the Canadian PM said that it was important to take a middle path. “Canada has enough fossil fuel resources. It is important to take oil resources to market at a reasonable price. It’s important to find a middle ground and move ahead in a responsible way.” Explaining about his feminism, Trudeau said, “If you think that men and women should get equal opportunities, you are a feminist, it is that simple.”
After interaction with the students at IIM-A, Trudeau went to meet Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani and discussed about opportunities between Canada and Gujarat. During his day-long visit to Gujarat, Trudeau had visited the Sabarmati Ashram and paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi. He also visited the Akshardham Temple at Gandhinagar.

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