Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who faced aircraft issues during his visit to India for the G20 Summit, has finally departed for Canada around 1 pm on Tuesday. His Airbus plane had developed a snag, resulting in an extended stay in New Delhi.
Trudeau’s return was delayed due to complications with his replacement aircraft, which was diverted to London without explanation, further prolonging his stay. Trudeau’s 16-year-old son, Xavier, accompanied him on this trip.
During his stay in India, Trudeau faced challenges not only with his aircraft but also in terms of diplomatic relations. Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed India’s concerns about anti-India activities of extremist elements in Canada, promoting secessionism, inciting violence against Indian diplomats, and threatening the Indian community there.
In July, India summoned the Canadian envoy to issue a demarche over increasing pro-Khalistani activities in Canada, including posters featuring Indian diplomats’ names. A controversial parade float depicting the assassination of Indira Gandhi, organized by Khalistani elements, also caused controversy.
Trudeau’s aircraft glitch has stirred some controversy in Canada, with commentator Tom Mulcair calling it a “debacle” and criticizing the government for not investing in new planes for VIP travel.
This is not the first time Trudeau’s aircraft has faced issues during a visit to India, as a similar situation occurred in 2018 during a state visit. The aircraft involved in the recent incident is a CC-150 Polaris, one of several modified Airbus A310-300 used by the Canadian armed forces for VIP transport.
Trudeau’s extended stay in India due to aircraft troubles and diplomatic tensions has posed challenges for his visit to the country.