Wynne pre­pares for In­dia trade trip

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CANADA - THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

On­tario Premier Kath­leen Wynne leaves this week for a 10-day trade mis­sion to In­dia, say­ing now is the time for Canada to foster more re­la­tion­ships with the bur­geon­ing coun­try.

In ad­di­tion to Wynne’s trip — which in­cludes nine Lib­eral MPPs, 50 busi­ness lead­ers, 19 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of post-sec­ondary in­sti­tu­tions and three mu­nic­i­pal lead­ers — she said Prime Min­is­ter Justin Trudeau is plan­ning to travel there, as is Toronto Mayor John Tory.

“While we’re about to take a big step for­ward in In­dia and start a new chap­ter in our part­ner­ship, it’s the evo­lu­tion of a long-stand­ing friend­ship that goes back gen­er­a­tions,’’ she said at a re­cent pre-mis­sion lun­cheon. “This can re­ally be the year of Canada and In­dia.’’

Wynne’s trip coin­ci­den­tally comes on the heels of an­other Cana­dian del­e­ga­tion to In­dia — the Op­po­si­tion Pro­gres­sive Con­ser­va­tives. Pa­trick Brown, who is friends with In­dian Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi and had vis­ited the coun­try 15 times be­fore be­com­ing Tory leader last year, re­turned there ear­lier this month along with sev­eral Tory MPPs.

“Re­la­tion­ships mat­ter. Re­la­tion­ships open doors,’’ Brown said over the phone Thurs­day as he was about to head for home. In ad­di­tion to Modi, Brown met with sev­eral chief min­is­ters and in­dus­trial lead­ers there.

Brown said he ap­plauds Wynne for lead­ing a mis­sion to In­dia to tap into a mar­ket where there is much in­ter­est in On­tario.

When asked if Brown’s trip stole some of her thun­der, Wynne said she will be tak­ing busi­ness lead­ers with her to gen­er­ate “real busi­ness’’ in On­tario.

“Pa­trick Brown has trav­elled as a pri­vate ci­ti­zen to In­dia, I’m go­ing as the premier of On­tario,’’ she said. “Pa­trick Brown can do what he chooses on his win­ter va­ca­tion.’’ Brown said he would not re­spond to “per­sonal at­tacks.’’

Wynne and her del­e­ga­tion will travel from Jan. 27 to Feb. 6 to New Delhi, Chandi­garh, Hyderabad and Mum­bai and will fo­cus on in­fra­struc­ture, clean tech­nol­ogy, clean wa­ter and the life sci­ences sec­tor. On­tario has pledged to spend $134 bil­lion over 10 years on in­fra­struc­ture, while In­dia plans to in­vest over US$1 tril­lion in in­fra­struc­ture over the next 20 years.

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On­tario Premier Kath­leen Wynne, right, and Al­berta Premier Rachel Not­ley walk to a news con­fer­ence at the Queens Park Leg­is­la­ture, in Toronto, on Fri­day.

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