Remember in February 2018, when Trudeau went on a weeklong junket to India and the entire nation cringed in unison?
Trudeau danced, pranced, ate and namaste’d his way across the Subcontinent, all on the taxpayer dime. The Shiny Pony annoyed roughly 1.35 billion people — not counting all of Canada — and damaged the good relationship with Indian PM Modi that Stephen Harper worked so hard to build.
On that trip, Trudeau brought with him Jaspal Atwal, a Khalistani terrorist and convicted attempted murderer of an Indian politician, as a guest of the official entourage, a move that outraged Trudeau’s Indian hosts. Another guest of the entourage was Vikram Vij, an Indo-Canadian celebrity chef and long time Liberal supporter, who was brought along to cook Indian food.
I know what normal Canadians thought of the trip. It was a national nightmare. But I really wanted to know what the government thought of their own performance in India, so we asked for their self-assessment of the trip, in a manner of speaking.
I wanted their talking points for their crisis management of the fiasco.
We just received 158 exclusive pages of Privy Council briefing notes and emails related to that ill fated trip.
According to the briefing notes, the purpose of Trudeau's trip to India was to advance “growth and prosperity, sustainable development, defense and security, and women's economic empowerment” and “advance Canadian trade interests, showcase people-to-people ties and deepen Canada-India relations through commercial ties that contribute to mutual growth and prosperity.
But Trudeau achieved the opposite. When Trudeau came home, Canadian pulse farmers were slapped with tariffs from India and Trudeau’s murderous dinner guest showed his Indian hosts how seriously the Canadian prime minister takes security issues.
The briefing notes and media lines prepared for Trudeau and his inner circle tried to minimize questions about catering costs, deal with criticisms of the incessant costumes the Trudeau family wore during the trip, explain away why a Liberal connected chef were being shipped over to India, and pushed the narrative that Trudeau pushed the Indians about integrating gender perspectives into international security and defense.
In today’s video, I’ll walk you through how government spin doctors tried to downplay just how bad the trip to India was for Trudeau and for Canada’s reputation.
One talking point, prepared for Trudeau, was a hard brag about his “meetings” with the Indian MP when Trudeau and Modi met just once, on one of the last days of the visit and the “close” and “productive” meeting left Canadian farmers looking for other markets for their chickpeas.
One briefing email throws into question the official story about who invited Jaspal Atwal to India. The email suggests it was a cabinet minister and not the backbencher, Randeep Sarai, who initially claimed responsibility.
“The individual was apparently placed on the guest list by a Minister — not known which.”
Like Trudeau’s clumsy sexual advances, I guess we can also experience India trips differently than he does..