TORONTO (NEWS): Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird says Canada and India are natural allies as their national interests complement one another.
Attending a roundtable with the Indo-Canadian community in the company of his Parliamentary Secretary Deepak Obhrai in Brampton on Monday, Baird said, ““Canada and India have longstanding bilateral relations, built upon shared traditions of democracy, pluralism and strong interpersonal connections.”
He said Canada was keen to deepen cooperation with India in many areas, including infrastructure, energy, food, education, science and technology.
Baird said energy, science and technology, education and research were the areas of priority for the two countries. “Energy will be a big part of our relationship with India,” according to Baird.
More than 85 Indo-Canadian business and community leaders participated in the roundtable. They discussed the state of Canada-India bilateral relations, and the prospects of increasing economic and people-to-people ties.
Office-bearers and members from the National Council of Indian Canadians, the Canada-India Foundation, the Indo-Canada Chamber of Commerce, the Canada India Business Council, heads of various Hindu temples and Sikh gurdwaras, Indo-Canadian war veterans and the Indo-Canadian media were present at the roundtable.
Later, Baird answered questions from the participants.