Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu welcomed the Canadian Speaker of the Senate George J Furey and shared his happiness at the excellent bilateral parliamentary ties between the two countries.
Both the leaders mentioned the vibrancy in bilateral ties including the trade and the strong bond of friendship between two countries based on shared values and belief in multilateralism.
Vice President Naidu expressed happiness over the contribution of Indian diaspora in Canada and referred to 22 Canadians of Indian origin having been elected to the Canadian Parliament last year with four of them becoming Ministers. “We are proud of the role that parliamentarians of India-origin in Canada are playing in your country.
They are a bridge and a face of our outstanding people-to-people ties”, he said.
Vice President Naidu also pointed to several other areas where there is considerable scope for expanding the current engagements.
“Canada”, he said, “has the potential to be a key partner in every area of India’s national development priority – be it skilling, digital economy, infrastructure development, energy, health, agriculture,
defence and science and technology”. Expressing satisfaction that the Canadian Pension Funds have been at the vanguard of portfolio investment in India, he underscored the possibility of scaling up
investments in India’s infrastructure sector to over US$ 40 billion.
When the leader of the visiting delegation sought to know his views on J&K developments, Vice President Naidu gave an account of the accession of J&K to India and the subsequent constitutional developments.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu said that Article 370 was inserted as a temporary provision but it remained for 71 long years till it was deleted last year. As a border state sharing international boundary with Pakistan and China, separatism in Jammu & Kashmir was sponsored, fanned and taken advantage of by outsiders.
India’s economic growth largely bypassed the State. Some of the India’s progressive laws did not apply to the State, keeping the residents behind the rest of the country.
Vice President Naidu noted that deletion of Article 370 is an internal administrative decision concerning the welfare of Indian citizens and carried out in strict compliance with Constitutional provisions and with an overwhelming majority in both the Houses of Parliament.
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu referred to India’s view that “terrorism is a common threat to all democracies and open, pluralist societies like ours. All like-minded countries need to come together to fight this menace”.
The leader of the visiting delegation mentioned that Canada too has similar views as India’s on terror and believes that concerted global action is required to combat this growing menace.
Vice President of India and Chairman of Rajya Sabha Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu urged the Canadian authorities to check anti-India activities of some sections in Canada by sensitizing its parliamentarians and others concerned against the same. He stressed that it is an accepted principle that there shall not be any outside interference in the internal affairs of any country.
The other members of the visiting delegation were Donald Neil Plett, Leader of the Opposition in the Senate and Senator Yvonne Boyer. Canada’s Deputy High Commissioner in India also attended the meeting.
Speaker of the Senate of Canada invited Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu to visit Canada.