The Liberal Party of Canada’s crass partisanship and dubious vote-seeking schemes are catching up with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his official state visit to India.
Trudeau is used to being met with acclaim and international fanfare during his many trips abroad. But his reception in India has been strikingly different.
He’s received a cold-shoulder from his counterparts in India’s central government. Prime Minister Narenda Modi, known for his gracious hospitality and warm bear hugs when greeting foreign dignitaries, has entirely ignored the Canadian PM.
Modi did not show up at the airport to welcome Trudeau, he didn’t accompany the Canadian delegation to his home state of Gujarat, and he hasn’t posted a greeting message on social media to welcome Trudeau to India, as he’s done for other visiting leaders.
International media picked up on the snub, forcing the Canadian media to look past the photos ops and colourful costumes and realize the scope of Trudeau’s problems in India.
What’s driving it?
Trudeau and members of his Liberal cabinet have been accused of playing footsies with Sikh extremists and separatists in Canada.
While trying to win favour with the influential Sikh lobby, a highly-organized and vote-rich community that helps Liberals get elected in key ridings in Vancouver and Toronto, Trudeau and his officials are accused of sympathizing with a radical cause championed by a small minority within the Canadian Sikh community.
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