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What I continue to not understand is why, unless it is only for photo ops, he insists on wearing the clothing of the country he is visiting.  He appears to be seeking a lost identity.  Another question of course is "who is paying for his costumes"? The  business dress code for westerners visiting India is: 

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Business attire in India

For men, the normal business attire is a button-down shirt, trousers, and a jacket or tie depending on the formality of the meeting or industry (in the banking and professional sectors, suits are more prevalent). Also, given that India has a warm climate, a full-sleeved shirt with a tie is acceptable. In the IT sector, however, the dress code is much more casual. It is common to find employees wearing T-shirts and jeans with sneakers. But in most offices, men will wear at least a shirt and jacket, foregoing the tie in summer months. However, the long cotton pajama bottoms and kurta are also very common – and very comfortable. Western executives should wear light summer suits – a silk and light wool mix is best – and cotton, not silk shirts (cotton absorbs, silk does not).

 

 

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Note how the Bollywood actor is dressed in contrast to the Trudeau family,

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Face it...this trip is just another exotic photo op session in preparation for the 2019 election ....oh look at me...see how great I am...Look..my kids even like to wear this crap... Arn’t I a fantastic father figure?   Please remember to vote for me....IOW...campaigning...all paid for by Canadians.

 

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Columnist Ajit Datta of India described Trudeau's vacation: 

 

:Dancing-Chilli:    :Clap-Hands:      :icon_jook:     :Victory:    :thumbup:

 

Justin Trudeau is a mascot of everything that is wrong with the world today. From being at the forefront of encouraging every degeneracy to welcoming radicalism into his homeland, from cheap gimmicks of tokenism to attempts at creating a culture of politically correct absurdities, the stink of his leftist hypocrisy wafts far and wide. As a citizen of India, I could not care less if the elected leader of Canada seeks to drive his nation to the dumps. But where it has an adverse effect on my country is where I choose to draw the line"

 

 

 

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Critics latch onto perceived snub, costume changes, as Trudeau tours India

Trudeau in INdia

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in Ahmedabad, India on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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The Canadian Press
Published Wednesday, February 21, 2018 3:11PM EST

OTTAWA -- A clash of political ideals may be behind a perceived snub of Justin Trudeau that has made international headlines as the prime minister passes the mid-point of his trip to India, says one expert familiar with the region.

Those headlines are also writing the script for the Conservative Opposition at home that is pouncing on the visit as just another expensive Trudeau family vacation.

Media outlets including CNN and Al Jazeera have seized on the comments of Indian officials who have accused the Trudeau government of backing Sikh separatists.

But Ferry de Kerckhove at the University of Ottawa says a more likely reason President Narendra Modi has avoided greeting Canada's Liberal prime minister with open arms may be because the two men don't remotely share the same world view.

The professor at the university's graduate school of public and international affairs says Modi's political leanings more closely resemble those of U.S. President Donald Trump -- and even former prime minister Stephen Harper -- than they do Trudeau's feel-good approach.

Criticisms of the Trudeau family's ever-changing attire during their multiple stops in front of some of India's iconic cultural landmarks, meanwhile, have not gone unnoticed by the official Opposition, with Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre and others wondering aloud how much Canadian taxpayers are paying for their many costume changes.

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he is evidently reliving his travels with his father at our expense.

Bringing family to India coming 'full circle': PM

Prime Minister Trudeau was touting business deals with India but his office was forced to clarify the numbers. Omar Sachedina reports.
 

CTVNews.ca Staff
Published Monday, February 19, 2018 12:51PM EST

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says it’s "nice to come full circle" having his family accompany him on the Canadian government's trip to India.

Sophie Gregoire-Trudeau and their children, Xavier, 10, Ella-Grace, 9, and Hadrien, 3, are accompanying Trudeau on the week-long trip and have been photographed at the Taj Mahal, the Sabarmati Ashram, and visiting an elephant rescue sanctuary.

"It's wonderful to have the whole family with me this week. I'm glad that my kids get to experience this beautiful country while their dad is hard at work. It's actually quite fitting," said Trudeau, speaking to reporters at his first media availability of the trip.

 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, and children, Xavier, 10, Ella-Grace, 9, and Hadrien, 3, visit Sabarmati Ashram (Gandhi Ashram) in Ahmedabad, India on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Trudeau visited India in 1983 with his father, Pierre Elliott Trudeau, on an official trip as prime minister.

"It's nice to come full circle and have them here with me now," Trudeau said.

Trudeau and a delegation of cabinet ministers and MPs are spending a week in India to "strengthen the historic ties" between Canada and India, and "pursue economic opportunities," he told reporters.

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Un :head:  bloody believeable!!!  How much more of his BS must Canadians endure??

 

Convicted attempted murderer invited to formal dinner with Trudeau in India

 

Jaspal Atwal, a convicted former member of an illegal Sikh separatist group, was invited to dine with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a formal event hosted by the Canadian High Commissioner Thursday in Delhi. 

The invitation, which was extended by Canada's High Commissioner to India, is being rescinded after CBC News asked the Prime Minister's Office about it. 

"I can confirm that the High Commission is in the process of rescinding Mr. Atwal's invitation," said PMO spokeswoman Eleanore Catenaro in an email to CBC News. 

Photos obtained by CBC News show Atwal posing for pictures with Trudeau's wife, Sophie, and Liberal cabinet minister Amarjeet Sohi at an event with the Indian film industry in Mumbai on Tuesday.

His appearance at an official tour event could prove highly embarrassing for Trudeau, who has been at pains during his Indian trip to assure his hosts that Canada supports a united India and rejects violent extremism.

Atwal, who did not travel to India with the Trudeaus' entourage, was convicted of the attempted murder of an Indian cabinet minister, Malkiat Singh Sidhu, on Vancouver Island in 1986.

At the time, he was a member of the International Sikh Youth Federation, banned as a terrorist group in Canada, the U.K., the U.S. and India.

He's also been convicted in an automobile fraud case and was charged, but not convicted, in a 1985 near-fatal attack on Ujjal Dosanjh, an opponent of the Sikh separatist movement who later became premier of British Columbia.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/jaspal-atwal-invite-dinner-sophie-1.4545881

 

 

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I get the distinct impression that the 'snub' by the Indian government is because they see better what is going on than we do.

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Apparently in a country with 3.4 billion people, Trudeau couldn’t find a decent chef!

 

Vancouver-based celebrity chef Vikram Vij, a vocal Liberal supporter, was flown to India on the government’s dime to cook for a group of top diplomats, CTV News has learned.

 

 

 

 

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/feds-use-taxpayer-money-to-fly-celebrity-chef-to-india-1.3814009

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Is Trudeau ‘hobnobbing’ with terrorists? Why India doesn’t trust Canada all that much.

There are real fears in India that Canada is a terrorist hotspot that could plunge their northwest regions into sectarian violence.

It’s pretty clear by now that Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is not having the most productive time in India. His itinerary is unusually light and, according to Indian media, high profile politicians seem to be actively avoiding him.

And that was before Sophie Gregoire Trudeau posed with a Surrey businessman, Jaspal Atwal, convicted in a 1986 terrorist shooting in B.C. during the family’s trip to India.

It’s nothing new that Canada and India aren’t on good terms. Below, a brief summary of all the other signs of our strained relationship with the world’s largest democracy.

Trudeau had to specifically assure India that he opposes its breakup
It’s never a great sign when a visiting foreign leader feels the need to state that he thinks the potentially violent breakup of their country is a bad thing. “We support one united India,” Trudeau said in Mumbai this week. He had to say this due to Canada’s long reputation as a home for a diaspora of Sikh fundamentalists who seek to carve an independent Sikh homeland, Khalistan, out of India. This issue boiled over into devastating violence in India in the 1980s, with vicious anti-Sikh pogroms, a pro-Khalistan insurgency and brutal crackdowns by the Indian military. Most notably for Canada, 1985 saw Canadian Sikh fundamentalists perpetrate the bombing of Air India flight 182, still our worst-ever act of terrorism. The era was like a deadlier version of The Troubles in Northern Ireland, and there are real fears in India that pro-Khalistan elements living in Canada will one day bring it back. “Indians remain puzzled as well as angry about the perceived (by them) tolerance by Canadian governments of supporters of what was a very brutal Khalistan terrorist period,” 

 

Canadian politicians keep showing up to events celebrating Indian terrorists


In 2017 Justin Trudeau visited Toronto’s Khalsa Day parade, an event celebrating the Sikh festival of Vaisakhi. Doing this was previously a strict “no-no” for Canadian prime ministers, India’s former ambassador to Canada Vishnu Prakash told The Hindu this week. The reason is because the event often features pro-Khalistan flags and displays celebrating Sikh extremists considered terrorists in India. In 2007, then-B.C. premier Gordon Campbell attended a Vaisakhi event that featured a float celebrating Talwinder Singh Parmar, mastermind of the Air India bombing. In 2012, then-immigration minister Jason Kenney was at a Toronto Vaisakhi event when he suddenly stormed out after sensing that a fellow speaker was delivering extremist remarks in Punjabi. “You are trying to exploit my presence here,” a visibly angry Kenney told organizers as he left, according to L’actualité. Canadian politicians’ obliviousness to Sikh extremism has been a consistent point of concern raised by Ujjal Dosanjh, a former minister of health under prime minister Paul Martin, and the survivor of a serious beating by Sikh fundamentalists in 1985. “The problem is that the politicians at the highest level in this country, of all major political parties, have hobnobbed with Khalistanis,” Dosanjh, who was raised Sikh, said in an interview this week with India’s The Print.”

 

 

 

 

http://nationalpost.com/news/is-trudeau-hobnobbing-with-terrorists-why-india-doesnt-trust-canada-all-that-much

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From the BBC

Justin Trudeau's 'Bollywood' wardrobe amuses Indians

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Grégoire, daughter, Ella-Grace, and son, Xavier James, pose for a photograph with Bollywood actor Shahrukh Khan in Mumbai on 20 February, 2018.Image copyright Getty Images

When it comes to breaking out the traditional Indian outfits, no one is quite as committed as Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, says the BBC's Ayeshea Perera.

Justin Trudeau is certainly no stranger to Indian wear - he has regularly worn it during official celebrations of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, which is one of the most important events on the religious calendar. And as his picture from last year's festival shows, he certainly does not shy away from donning some true Bollywood-style bling.

While there were a few comments about the elaborate silver motif on his traditional black sherwani at the time, these have absolutely paled in comparison to the reaction he has been getting in India over the past few days.

Mr Trudeau arrived for his first official visit to India on 17 February and has been jet-setting around the country to take part in what appears to be a series of photo ops cunningly designed to showcase his family's elaborate traditional wardrobe.

The trip, which has just one day of official engagements despite being a full week in duration, has raised eyebrows in Canada with Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre wishing him "another wonderful vacation."

 

But Indians are sitting up and taking notice for an entirely different reason. And that is the fact that his outfits have just been so...extra.

The Canadian first family has worn traditional Indian outfits no fewer than three times on their trip so far.

The first time was while they visited the Sabarmati ashram, the residence of Mahatma Gandhi in the western state of Gujarat. The family, wearing colourful casual kurta shirts and garlands of flowers around their necks, posed in front of a traditional spinning wheel before visiting the Akshardam temple where they posed some more with bemused Indian trustees.

Mr Trudeau (C) poses with his family and a trustee of the Sabarmati Ashram in Ahmadabad, Gujarat.Image copyright Getty Images

Indian media published pictures of the family, commenting on their "festive" and "resplendent" traditional attire with headlines like "Trudeau's day out".

They wore more sober but no less elaborate outfits when they visited the Golden Temple, one of the holiest shrines for Sikhs, located in the northern state of Punjab. Mr Trudeau wore a white sherwani with gold thread work, while the rest of his family also had a strong gold theme running through their clothes.

They posed for pictures with heads appropriately bowed and hands folded before Mr Trudeau met Punjab chief minister Amarinder Singh who looked visibly underdressed in comparison.

At this point, some people were beginning to notice a trend and were not quite sure it all worked, including the former chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah.

But Mr Trudeau was by no means done.

His family met several Bollywood stars in the western city of Mumbai and he wore an elaborate and heavily worked sherwani, more in tune with what a bridegroom would wear...in a Bollywood film. His wife wore an embroidered sari and his children were also decked out in what can only be described as Indian wedding wear.

The outfits stood out all the more because the Bollywood stars around him - who should perhaps take the blame for his wardrobe decisions - were in sober black suits.

And social media just could not stand by in polite silence anymore:

Even the media headlines considerably changed tone from "resplendent and festive" to "too flashy even for an Indian".

So far, Mr Trudeau has seemed unfazed by the slew of criticism that has dogged his Indian trip. His office has denied that he is being "snubbed" by the Indian government, and they have brushed off accusations that he is on a "holiday" at state expense.

But his sartorial sense - or the lack of it - has provided enough amusement to Indians.

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In the past Justin has met with a person charged with crimes and now it appears he was to sup with a convicted criminal.

Convicted attempted murderer invited to reception with Trudeau in India

B.C.'s Jaspal Atwal was convicted for 1986 attempt to assassinate Indian cabinet minister on Vancouver Island

By Terry Milewski, CBC NewsPosted: Feb 21, 2018 7:46 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 22, 2018 5:52 AM ET

Sophie Trudeau and Jaspal Atwal pictured in Mumbai Feb. 20. The Trudeaus attended a business and cultural event in the city that evening celebrating Indian cinema.

Sophie Trudeau and Jaspal Atwal pictured in Mumbai Feb. 20. The Trudeaus attended a business and cultural event in the city that evening celebrating Indian cinema. Photo of Terry Milewski

Terry Milewski

Terry Milewski worked in 50 countries during 38 years with the CBC. He was the CBC's first Middle East Bureau Chief, spent eight years in Washington during the Reagan, Bush and Clinton administrations and was based in Vancouver for 14 years before returning to Ottawa as senior correspondent.

Jaspal Atwal, a convicted former member of an illegal Sikh separatist group, was invited to dine with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at a formal event hosted by the Canadian High Commissioner Thursday in Delhi.

The invitation, which was extended by Canada's High Commissioner to India, was rescinded after CBC News asked the Prime Minister's Office about it Wednesday. 

As the story made headlines in the Indian media, Trudeau was forced to respond.

"Obviously we take this situation extremely seriously. The individual in question never should have received an invitation and, as soon as we found out, we rescinded the invitation immediately," he told reporters. "The member of Parliament who included this individual has, and will, assume full responsibility for his actions."

The Prime Minister's Office said in a statement that it is "looking into how this occurred. That said, it's important to be clear that this individual is not part of the official delegation to the PM's visit to India, nor was he invited by the Prime Minister's Office. As is the case with international trips, individuals sometimes travel on their own to the location of the visit."

CBC News has confirmed that Surrey Centre MP Randeep Sarai submitted Atwal's name to the High Commissioner to be added to the guest list for the dinner-reception. The Vancouver-born Sarai is one of 14 MPs travelling with Trudeau on his official visit.

Atwal has already attended at least one event tied to the Trudeau visit.

Justin Trudeau's Minister of Infrastructure and Communities Amarjeet Sohi pictured with Jaspal Atwal in Mumbai Feb. 20. (Name withheld upon request)

Photos obtained by CBC News show Atwal posing for pictures with Trudeau's wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, and Liberal cabinet minister Amarjeet Sohi at an event with the Indian film industry in Mumbai on Tuesday.

His appearance at an official tour event could prove highly embarrassing for Trudeau, who has been at pains during his Indian trip to assure his hosts that Canada supports a united India and rejects violent extremism.

Group once declared a terrorist organization

Atwal, who did not travel to India with the Trudeaus' entourage, was convicted of the attempted murder of an Indian cabinet minister, Malkiat Singh Sidhu, on Vancouver Island in 1986.

At the time, he was a member of the International Sikh Youth Federation, banned as a terrorist group in Canada, the U.K., the U.S. and India.

He's also been convicted in an automobile fraud case and was charged, but not convicted, in a 1985 near-fatal attack on Ujjal Dosanjh, an opponent of the Sikh separatist movement who later became premier of British Columbia.

Trudeau arrived in Mumbai Monday evening and stayed for a number of meetings on Tuesday before travelling to Amritsar and Delhi.

On Wednesday in Delhi, Trudeau firmly insisted that he rejects Sikh extremism.

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Atwal was one of four men who ambushed and shot at Sidhu's car on a rural road on Vancouver Island in 1986, badly wounding him.

More recently, the Insurance Corp. of British Columbia won a $28,000 judgment against Atwal over a stolen car ring involving Atwal's son, Vik, and dozens of others.

Atwal has denied any involvement in the attack on Dosanjh, but admits his role in the attempt to assassinate Sidhu.

The Prime Minister's Office said it would not comment on security matters. 

Trudeau has been under pressure throughout his India tour to answer Indian concerns about Sikh separatism in Canada. Today, he was asked about the public display of "martyr" posters honouring Talwinder Parmar, the leader of the 1985 Air India bomb plot, which took 331 lives.

"I do not think we should ever be glorifying mass-murderers," Trudeau said, "and I'm happy to condemn that."

A provincial Liberal staffer in B.C. resigned after giving Atwal a ticket to attend the delivery of the provincial budget in 2012.

Jaspal Atwal invite

A photograph of Jaspal Atwal's invitation to attend a dinner at Canada's High Commission for Canada to India. (Name withheld upon request
And here is a goto to the followup story on the invitation:

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/trudeau-invitation-should-not-have-gone-to-extremist-1.3814170

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"It's wonderful to have the whole family with me this week. I'm glad that my kids get to experience this beautiful country while their dad is hard at work. It's actually quite fitting," said Trudeau, speaking to reporters at his first media availability of the trip

Say whaaaat? He has never been hard at work in his life. What a maroon.

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“ Justin Trudeau's India visit deemed a 'slow-moving train wreck “

According to many commentators in the media, the Indian government is wary of Trudeau for his alleged ties to advocates for a separate Sikh homeland, called Khalistan, in the Punjab region.

In fact, Canada's National Post notes that Trudeau's cabinet has had four Sikhs in it, including one who an Indian official labeled a sympathizer to the separatists. The Canadian leader, the National Post says, once even bragged that his cabinet had more Sikhs in it than Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's.

"[The trip] is best described as a slow-moving train wreck ... Very little substance has come out of it and very little actually will emerge from this visit apart from some nice photo ops," Dehejia told CNBC on Wednesday.

Dehejia said he believes Trudeau's visit was orchestrated to appease the significant Sikh population in Canada, making the international trip essentially about domestic politics. Trudeau's schedule for his visit to India has been scrutinized for including only half-a-day of official state engagements in New Delhi.

 

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/02/21/justin-trudeau-india-visit-theres-talk-prime-minister-snubbed-by-indian-government.html

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"The Canadian leader, the National Post says, once even bragged that his cabinet had more Sikhs in it than Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's."

 

It's bad enough that Canada keeps bringing in third world religious and political warriors from around the globe and leaves them free to develop their anti societal programs, but it's probably even worse that the idiot at the helm just keeps coming up with new ways to piss these groups off.

 

 

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Even the Zoomer mag has noticed. http://www.everythingzoomer.com/general/2018/02/22/trudeaus-political-fashion-faux-pas/

Trudeau’s Political Fashion Faux Pas

KIM IZZO | FEBRUARY 22ND, 2018
 
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Photo: Canadian Press

There is such a thing as trying too hard – especially in fashion circles – or, to take it a step forward, a fashion circle within a political sphere upon a world stage. And that’s just what we have with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his telegenic family as they toured India dressed in traditional Indian clothing, causing international mockery. Some have referred to their wardrobe choices as “Too Indian for an Indian.”

Yet on each stop on their state visit, it’s another outfit change for en familie and another opportunity for locals and the rest of us to snicker. Indeed, when the Trudeaus met with some stars of Bollywood, the actors showed up in suits, not saris. The Trudeaus … well, take a look at the image of the PM and his family with actor Shah Rukh Khan, looking dashing in a black suit.

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In other words, the first family  look like they’re dressing up for a politically incorrect masquerade ball.  Which is saying something, given the PM is one world leader seeming hellbent on being seen as the globe’s most “woke” leader in terms of diversity and culture sensitivity.

Back when U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle arrived on their Indian trip in 2015, she stepped of the plane in a piece designed by an Indian designer. But it wasn’t traditional dress. Obama wore a suit.

So what happened? A stylist gone mad? If so, how much is that costing in tax dollars? Stay tuned on who is footing the bill.  If it’s the taxpayer, then that truly is something to be sari for.

At least Trudeau can be mildly thankful that his colourful wardrobe has overshadowed the more serious faux pas of inviting attempted murderer Jaspal Atwal to an official dinner.

and the Australian Press.  https://thenewdaily.com.au/news/world/2018/02/23/justin-trudeau-india-ridicule/

So much for the image of a decisive Pm, instead it appears we have socking clad, dress up character of a Proud Citizen of Canad who is willing to embrace all cultures except ours. What a shame that he is sending this message to the world and of course to our youth. 

 

Our Queen on the other hand>

Queen Shocks Fashion Royalty with Surprise Appearance at London Fashion Week

LAURA GRANDE | FEBRUARY 20TH, 2018
 
Queen Anna Wintour

Queen Elizabeth II and Anna Wintour attend the Richard Quinn show during London Fashion Week in London, England. Photo: YUI MOK/AFP/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth mingled with fashion royalty during an unexpected appearance at London Fashion Week.

Two queens, sitting side by side — one a member of fashion royalty, the other the longest-reigning monarch in Britain’s history.

In an unprecedented move that sent shock waves through the fashion world, 91-year-old Queen Elizabeth made a surprise guest appearance at BFC ShowSpace during London Fashion Week on Feb. 20, sitting front row and centre alongside Vogue editor Dame Anna Wintour.

I mean, even the always-fashionable Duchess of Cambridge and Meghan Markle can’t boast to snagging a front row seat next to Anna Wintour. Move over, kids, because you’re not the only fashion icons in the royal family.

Don’t believe us? We’ve got photographic evidence of the already iconic moment.

Even Daily Mail royal correspondent Rebecca English was in total shock. She tweeted the photos below with the caption: “A sight I never thought I’d see.”

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The Queen was all smiles as she closely watched as emerging designer Richard Quinn showcased his colourful prints and headscarves — statement pieces that mirror Her Majesty’s own sense of style. (Well played, Richard.)

For the occasion, the Queen was positively glowing in an Angela Kelly duck egg blue, crystal-embellished skirt and matching jacket — her ever-present purse clutched in her black gloved hands.

In hindsight, perhaps it’s not a total shocker that the Queen would make a regal appearance at the annual fashion show. After all, the inaugural Queen Elizabeth II Award for British Design was recently created to be awarded to an emerging British fashion designer who shows originality.

The award, created by the Queen’s personal stylist Angela Kelly, recognizes an “emerging British fashion designer who shows exceptional talent and originality, whilst demonstrating value to the community and/or strong sustainable policies.”

This was the Queen’s first public appearance since she returned to London earlier this month after her extended Christmas holiday at Sandringham House in Norfolk.

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19 minutes ago, st27 said:

Haven’t heard language this strong from a network commentator before......

https://www.ctvnews.ca/politics/don-martin-blog/don-martin-if-this-is-trudeau-putting-canada-back-on-the-world-stage-we-should-get-off-1.3815230

The whole world is watching!

Appropriately enough the lead in commercial when I watched the commentary was for I.B.S., I refreshed the feed and then got a "Lead In" for Pampers.   :lol:

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“ So maybe if you visit India, don’t spend the week parading across the landscape dressed like the Griswolds, to be met at a couple of stops by an easily-identifiable convicted violent extremist who has a well-documented recent history of popping up in British Columbia at Liberal events and on Liberal organizational charts. Especially if the fellow in question specialized in violence related to the very sectarian disputes Trudeau is suspected of taking too lightly. “

 

 

http://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/justin-trudeau-in-the-real-world/

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OMG, he does still own a suit, complete with funny socks..  :lol:

PM’S TOUR OF EMBARRASSMENT

Why was ex-con off blacklist?

  • Calgary Herald
  • 23 Feb 2018
  • John IvIson
getimage.aspx?regionKey=uMH0bWeW0nabiNYZov%2f4oA%3d%3dSEAN KILPATRICK /THE CANADIAN PRESS Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits the Jama Masjid Mosque in New Delhi on Thursday, as his turbulent trip to India is drawing domestic criticism and raising eyebrows internationally as the PMO deals with the fallout of its botched party invitation to a convicted attempted murderer.

How did Jaspal Atwal, a man convicted of the attempted murder of an Indian politician and a former member of a banned extremist organization intent on creating a Sikh homeland by dismembering India, get into that country in the first place?

It doesn’t make any sense — until you start to consider who stands to benefit from Atwal’s attendance this week at parties organized as part of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official visit.

India has a blacklist of Sikh extremists, intended to stop people who intend to undermine India’s democratic institutions from entering the country. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, for one, has been denied a visa in the past. Until very recently, it is a list on which Atwal figured.

But Canadian officials say that, despite his criminal past — Atwal was convicted of attempted murder for his role in a 1986 attack on an Indian cabinet minister — he has now been removed from that list, and not at the behest of the Canadian government.

“This was not an accident,” said a senior security source within the Canadian government, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Atwal has developed links with the Indian government and his political views “have evolved” in recent years. “They no longer see him as the enemy,” said the source, who believes it is convenient for some in India’s government, if not necessarily for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to embarrass Trudeau for being soft on Sikh separatism.

Asked which part of the Indian government might be so motivated, the source said, “The intelligence service.”

The Indian High Commission in Ottawa did not respond to calls seeking to confirm that Atwal has been removed from the blacklist. An email seeking comment from Indian High Commissioner Vikas Swarup, who is in India, had not been returned at press time. But Asian Age newspaper, an English language daily in India, reported Friday that home ministry officials say Atwal is no longer on that list.

Atwal’s removal from the blacklist does not explain why he was invited to a reception by B.C. Liberal MP Randeep Sarai. That may be simply have been a rookie mistake by a rookie MP.

But the cool reception Trudeau has received from the Modi government since landing in India suggests disquiet with the Liberal government’s approach to Sikh extremism.

Trudeau reiterated his support for a united India and condemned violence, “but we understand diversity of views is one of the great strengths of Canada,” he said Wednesday after a meeting with Amarinder Singh, the chief minister of Punjab, who last spring had refused to meet with defence minister Harjit Sajjan over concerns that Sajjan was sympathetic to the Sikh separatist movement.

However, the prime minister has gone beyond merely endorsing freedom of speech. In May last year, he attended a Sikh event in Toronto which featured Khalistan flags and posters of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the terrorist leader killed at the Golden Temple in 1984 when it was taken by Indian troops.

The calculation appears to have been that mild flirtation with Khalistani separatists would be repaid at the ballot box in seats like the Toronto-area riding of Brampton East, where one third of voters report Punjabi as their mother tongue.

But it seems that a failure to appreciate the nuances of Indian politics may have rebounded on Trudeau, sending a trip that was already attracting criticism into National Lampoon’s Vacation territory.

In India, as in China last December, the Liberals are finding out the hard way that great powers have no patience for domestic political games.

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The Indian government removed Jaspal Atwal from its blacklist. Why?

It doesn’t make any sense — until you start to consider who stands to benefit from Atwal's attendance this week

“ How did Jaspal Atwal, a man convicted of the attempted murder of an Indian politician and a former member of a banned extremist organization intent on creating a Sikh homeland by dismembering India, get into that country in the first place?

It doesn’t make any sense — until you start to consider who stands to benefit from Atwal’s attendance this week at parties organized as part of Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau’s official visit.

India has a blacklist of Sikh extremists, intended to stop people who intend to undermine India’s democratic institutions from entering the country. NDP leader Jagmeet Singh, for one, has been denied a visa in the past. Until very recently, it is a list on which Atwal figured.

But Canadian officials say that, despite his criminal past — Atwal was convicted of attempted murder for his role in a 1986 attack on an Indian cabinet minister — he has now been removed from that list, and not at the behest of the Canadian government.

“This was not an accident,” said a senior security source within the Canadian government, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Atwal has developed links with the Indian government and his political views “have evolved” in recent years. “They no longer see him as the enemy,” said the source, who believes it is convenient for some in India’s government, if not necessarily for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, to embarrass Trudeau for being soft on Sikh separatism  Asked which part of the Indian government might be so motivated, the source said, “The intelligence service.”

The Indian High Commission in Ottawa did not respond to calls seeking to confirm that Atwal has been removed from the blacklist. An email seeking comment from Indian High Commissioner Vikas Swarup, who is in India, had not been returned at press time. But Asian Age newspaper, an English language daily in India, reported Friday that home ministry officials say Atwal is no longer on that list.

Atwal’s removal from the blacklist does not explain why he was invited to a reception by B.C. Liberal MP Randeep Sarai. That may be simply have been a rookie mistake by a rookie MP.

But the cool reception Trudeau has received from the Modi government since landing in India suggests disquiet with the Liberal government’s approach to Sikh extremism.

Trudeau reiterated his support for a united India and condemned violence, “but we understand diversity of views is one of the great strengths of Canada,” he said Wednesday after a meeting with Amarinder Singh, the chief minister of Punjab, who last spring had refused to meet with defence minister Harjit Sajjan over concerns that Sajjan was sympathetic to the Sikh separatist movement.

However, the Prime Minister has gone beyond merely endorsing freedom of speech. In May last year, he attended a Sikh event in Toronto which featured Khalistan flags and posters of Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, the terrorist leader killed at the Golden Temple in 1984 when it was taken by Indian troops.

The calculation appears to have been that mild flirtation with Khalistani separatists would be repaid at the ballot box in seats like the Toronto-area riding of Brampton East, where one third of voters report Punjabi as their mother tongue.

But it seems that a failure to appreciate the nuances of Indian politics may have rebounded on Trudeau, sending a trip that was already attracting criticism into National Lampoon’s Vacation territory.

In India, as in China last December, the Liberals are finding out the hard way that great powers have no patience for domestic political games.

 

http://nationalpost.com/news/canada/john-ivison-the-indian-government-removed-jaspal-atwal-from-its-blacklist-why

 

 

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AtwAl AffAir is on PM’s people, And TrudeAu himself

PM’s office has cavalier take on political vetting

  • Calgary Herald
  • 24 Feb 2018
  • IVISON,
getimage.aspx?regionKey=ECSRM5JxmxtyBUtHvInvLQ%3d%3dMANISH SWARUP / THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau as he arrived at the Indian presidential palace in New Delhi on Friday with his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau.

Justin Trudeau’s disastrous passage to India brought to mind Mark Twain’s pilgrimage to Europe and the Holy Land in the Innocents Abroad.

“In Paris, they simply opened their eyes and stared at us when we spoke to them in French! We never did succeed in making those idiots understand their own language,” he wrote.

At least Twain was lampooning the cultural imperialism of North American tourists.

The Trudeaus looked to be in earnest. One can imagine the prime minister turning up at the Bollywood event in Mumbai in an elaborate sherwani, to be greeted by Bollywood stars in sober black suits, and saying: “Now I don’t want anyone to feel embarrassed …”

But the barrage of bad publicity was not just the result of flighty photo ops in costumes designed by a tailor apparently in the grip of the delirium tremens. More seriously, it was the result of systemic negligence in Trudeau’s office that brought embarrassment on Canada.

As the National Post reported Friday, Jaspal Atwal — the man convicted of attempted murder who was invited to a reception at the official residence of the Canadian High Commissioner this week — was taken off a blacklist by the Indian authorities.

The suggestion by senior security officials inside the Canadian government was that India’s intelligence service may have wanted Atwal to be close to Trudeau to embarrass him for being soft on Sikh separatism. But that does not explain how he came to be issued an invitation to the event by B.C. Liberal MP Randeep Sarai. More pertinently, it does not offer any clues why that invitation was not vetted and immediately killed by the Prime Minister’s Office.

“If they had Googled the name, this guy would have shown up in two seconds,” said Garry Keller, who was chief of staff to former foreign affairs minister John Baird.

He said under the Harper government, the PMO would start planning events for a major foreign visit, such as Trudeau’s trip to India, months in advance. The details would be conveyed to caucus and Cabinet, whose members would be asked to forward the names of constituents they would like invited. Those suggestions would be vetted at the political level in the PMO and then sent to the RCMP and Privy Council Office for more detailed security checks.

Keller suggested that, either no cross-checking was carried out, or the objections of the RCMP and PCO were ignored by the PMO because Atwal was well-known in Liberal political circles.

Either way, it reflects an extremely sloppy approach to the serious business of international diplomacy.

“They obviously decided they were going to do things differently and put their guy out there. But this has done irreparable damage to the relationship,” said Keller.

It is generally understood that Twitter retweets and links are not endorsements. But appearing in a posed photo with the prime minister does transmit an impression of legitimacy that is, far too often in the case of this government, undeserved.

Last March, Trudeau posed with Veluppillai Thangavelu, a former vicepresident of the World Tamil Movement, a group Canada has outlawed as a terror organization. The picture was taken at a large political event and the prime minister could be forgiven for having been ambushed by someone he didn’t know, who happened to be associated with the Canadian front organization for the Tamil Tigers guerrilla group.

But the same excuse does not stand up in relation to the meeting with Joshua Boyle, the former hostage now facing criminal charges relating to incidents that took place after he was rescued from Pakistan.

Trudeau met Boyle, his wife and three children in his office before Christmas, two weeks before the former hostage was arrested.

The Prime Minister said all his meetings were cleared by his national security advisers and intelligence agencies. That seems remarkable, says Keller.

“I worked on the Boyle case for a number of years and it was completely hinky,” he said.

Do we really have a national security apparatus as proficient as the buttonpusher on a Hawaiian ballistic missile drill?

Calls to the RCMP’s automated media line went unreturned but, presumably, not because the Horsemen were asleep at the switch.

More likely, there is a political culture inside the Prime Minister’s Office that is prepared to take political risks in order to get Justin Trudeau in as many pictures with as many people as possible — even if they are widely known to be attempted murderers.

In that kind of cavalier environment, warnings from the security services can be dismissed as alarmist; impediments to the great political project of getting Trudeau re-elected in 2019.

The Liberals have long been accused of moral relativism when it suits them. Atwal’s horrific acts of politically motivated violence should not be obscured because he is a prominent Liberal or because the cause was Khalistani, not Quebec, separatism.

Trudeau’s government has now been burned too often for them to play the innocents at home, or abroad.

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