New Delhi, Feb 13: Vice-President and Chairman of the Rajya Sabha M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday said there has been considerable scope for expanding current engagements with Canada and it has 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.
Welcoming the Canadian delegation headed by Speaker of the Canadian Senate George J Furey, he shared his happiness at the excellent bilateral parliamentary ties between the two countries.
Expressing happiness over the contribution of Indian diaspora in Canada, Mr Naidu 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 Indian origin in Canada are playing in your country. They are the bridge and a face of our outstanding people-to-people ties,” he said.
When the leader of the visiting delegation sought to know his views on Jammu and Kashmir developments, the Vice-President briefed him about the accession of J&K to India and the subsequent constitutional developments.
He further said Article 370 was inserted as a temporary provision but it remained for 71 long years till its revocation in August last year. (UNI)