Sikhs in Canada and other parts of the globe have been in private communications directly and indirectly with the Canadian Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau and some of the Sikh Ministers and Liberal MPs accompanying him before his week-long trip to India that begins tomorrow on 17 February. On Friday, the Canadian Prime Minister twitted, "Wheels up for India and a busy visit, focused on creating good jobs and strengthening the deep connection between the people of our two countries".
Both sides are also expected to deliberate on enhancing cooperation in civil nuclear sector.
Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains, Small Business and Tourism Minister Bardish Chagger, Science Minister Kirsty Duncan and Infrastructure Minister Amarjeet Sohi all travelled with Trudeau to India.
Sikhs For Justice (SFJ) legal adviser Gurpatwant Singh Pannu in an email sent to media claimed, "Canadian Prime Minister's decision if he sticks to this should be an eye opener for Punjab chief minister".
When referred to Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh calling Canadian Defence Minister Sajjan as "Khalistani sympathiser" ahead of his visit here past year, the diplomatic sources called the remarks "disappointing and inaccurate". On his visit to Mumbai, he will interact with business leaders and people from the film industry.
On February 21, the Canadian PM will travel to Amritsar where he will visit the Golden Temple.
Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper said merely advocating for a Khalistan homeland was not a crime and should not be confused with the right of Canadians to hold and promote their political views. He will return to Delhi the same day. Canada is the major importer of pearls, organic chemicals, pharmaceutical products, textiles, bicycles and motorcycles from India. In Ahmedabad, he will participate in a discussion at Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad and also visit Sabarmati Ashram.
The Canadian population has around 1.4 million of Indian origin.
Canada is also a leading education destination for Indian students, and India is the second largest source of global students, an estimated 124,000 in 2017, as per official figures.