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Trudeau mis-spoke, again

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is visiting/vacationing in India, a fact that has drawn some criticism from a variety of different sources.

The first criticism occurred when the Prime Minister arrived in India and many suggested Canada was snubbed because India PM Narendra Modi did not personally welcome the entourage.

Was this an intentional slight and if so, why?

Interestingly, many foreign media sources are reporting the reason is related to allegations that Prime Minister Trudeau and members of his cabinet are sympathetic to radicalized operatives who support the Khalistan separatist movement in India.

It is further alleged that some of these operatives have close Canadian ties.

This is a complicated situation, however, in my view, Prime Minister Trudeau has attempted to refute these allegations and has stated Canada's long support for a united India.

Another announcement that has drawn criticism involved the subject of investment.

Earlier this week, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that a $1 billion trade deal between Canada and India was reached. This good news, announcement immediately drew headlines throughout Canadian media.

Critics and those knowledgeable in this area immediately, cast doubt and challenged the validity of this claim.

Eventually, it would be revealed that the trade deal is actually $750 million of investment leaving Canada for India with $250 million coming back to Canada in return.

In other words, this is a $500-million trade deficit for Canada.

As a result, the Prime Minister's office was forced to issue a correction that the Prime Minister mis-spoke on the announcement.

My question this week:

  • Are you in favour of Canada pursuing a free-trade agreement with India?

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Dan Albas, Conservative member of Parliament for the riding of Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola, is the shadow minister of innovation, science, economic development and internal trade, and sits on the standing committee on finance.

Before entering public life, Dan was the owner of Kick City Martial Arts, responsible for training hundreds of men, women and youth to bring out their best.

In British Columbia, Dan has been consistently one of the lowest spending MPs on office and administration related costs despite operating two offices to better serve local constituents.

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