Modi, Sonia greet Trudeau on Canada poll victory

New Delhi, Oct 20 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday congratulated Justin Trudeau on winning the Canadian parliamentary elections.

Modi tweeted: “Congratulations @JustinTrudeau for victory in Canadian parliamentary elections.”

“We attach high priority to close ties with Canada. We share a strong bond of democracy and inclusiveness enriched by a vibrant Indian diaspora,” he said in another tweet.

The young Liberal Party Trudeau won the parliamentary elections on Monday night, bringing the nine-year reign of Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative Party to an end.

Trudeau, who will be 44 on December 25, will become Canada’s second-youngest prime minister. Joe Clark was the youngest prime minister of Canada, assuming office on June 4, 1979, at the age of 39.

Modi further tweeted, “I have fond memories of my visit to Canada in April 2015 and my meeting with you, @justintrudeau.”

“It was also great meeting your daughter, whom you had woken up early that day. Best wishes. 🙂 @JustinTrudeau,” he said in a succession of tweets.

Gandhi also congratulated Trudeau and expressed hope that Indo-Canadian relations will further strengthen with him at the helm.

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