It wasn’t a trade mission

I am infuriated by Prime Minister (PM) Justin Trudeau's latest family jaunt to India, labelled as a trade mission. This is on the heels of the taxpayer-funded family holiday to a private island owned by the Aga Khan.

I believe Canada-India trade is based mainly on agriculture. Producers are suffering because of crippling tariffs on pulse commodities, and the PM never included the agriculture minister on this mission. (I wonder if this issue was even on the PM's radar when he met with Prime Minister Narendra Modi). 

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Instead our PM took a chef which we, as taxpayers, paid for. He also invited a convicted felon to an event. I don't buy the PM’s excuse that he didn't know the felon was attending; he would have needed clearance from the PM’s office and his passport would have been revoked due to the seriousness of the offence.

The PM must have taken a huge tickle trunk with him so he could play Mr. Dressup. What an insult to the people of India. When foreign dignitaries visit our country, they wear clothing traditional to their country. What would have been wrong with our PM wearing a suit and tie?

I am embarrassed and angry that this PM just can't get it right. His actions and his words show he lacks diplomacy and professionalism. It seems the only time he opens his mouth is, "uh," to change feet.

This disastrous, all expenses paid family vacation included barely half a day’s worth of government business and has increased Canada’s trade deficit with India by hundreds of millions of dollars.

I hope the official opposition hold this prime minister accountable; they haven't as of yet.


Doreen Eagles


Editor’s note: Eagles is a former Estevan MLA for the Saskatchewan Party

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