Canadian PM Justin Trudeau mocks his visit to India, says ‘it never happened’

Canadian PM Justin Trudeau mocks his visit to India, says ‘it never happened’

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has joked about his week-long India visit, which took place earlier this year, after it drew a lot of undesired attention in both countries.
Speaking at the Parliamentary Press Gallery Dinner a couple of weeks ago, Trudeau mocked his visit to India by talking about various aspects of the tour in front of a packed audience.
“That’s it, in terms of this year. Nothing else happened. Nothing at all. We didn’t go to India,” Trudeau said. “I don’t remember the India trip. I think to myself we should really go to India sometime, the same way I say to myself we should have a Highlander 2 sometime, because that was such a great movie.”
The 46-year-old prime minister then presented a slideshow about the trip, which was prepared by his team. Interestingly, the title of the slideshow was accompanied by a sad-face emoticon. Trudeau remembered that upon landing in India, he was received by Minister of Agriculture Radha Mohan Singh and joked about how some experts had called it a “very big deal.”
There were speculations about why India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi was not present to receive Trudeau, despite being known to personally greet fellow heads of state on their arrival, including former US President Barack Obama, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
The prime minister took a jibe at the Canadian media’s coverage of his tour, claiming it did not highlight the bilateral agreements and investment promises made by Indian companies.
Trudeau referred to his meeting with Infosys’ Chief Executive Officer Salil Parekh and the company’s announcement of investments in Canada. “You guys didn’t report on it, since I was wearing a shirt and tie. Boring!” he said.