This week Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer raised eyebrows when he announced a nine-day visit to India with his team in October. He has plans to meet with senior government officials, business leaders and civil society and faith leaders.
One of the reasons he says he’s making this trip is to “repair and strengthen” Canada-India relations after PM Justin Trudeau made a much-panned visit or as some call it a family vacation, to India on a state visit.
“Standing with a united India is Canada’s gateway to unprecedented human and economic development, and an essential alliance for Canada to strengthen in the face of shared threats,” Scheer said in a statement.
He also praised India for being the world’s largest democracy and having one of the fastest-growing economies, saying the country “in recent years is transforming into a rising power in the vast Indo-Pacific region and beyond.”
“A Conservative government will dramatically expand the strategic relationship between our countries and our peoples and advance our shared security, prosperity and values. Unfortunately, Justin Trudeau’s disastrous trip to India damaged this key relationship and we must now work to repair it.”
The choice to wear high-end Indian fashions while touring Indian landmarks with his family made for some uncomfortable optics, widely distributed via social media, that are sure to resurface as the 2019 election season rolls around, if not sooner. It is certain that Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer won’t be in a hurry to buy himself and his team matching lehengas and kurta pajamas. He will be better served dressing like most people in the western world—in a business suit. -CINEWS