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Relations between Canada and India back on track

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Staff writer ▼ | April 16, 2015
The relationship between India and Canada is now back on track, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced after signing a number of bilateral agreements.
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Cooperation   A first step towards deepening economic ties
Modi and Prime Minister Stephen Harper agreed the deal is just a first step towards deepening economic ties, and that the relationship between the two countries hasn't yet lived up to its potential.

"Canada is a major Asia-Pacific power and should play a more active role, including in regional institutions," Modi said, standing next to Harper.

Harper said he agreed: "It's not where we want it to be, but it is growing."

Under the nuclear deal, India will buy more than 3,000 tonnes of Saskatchewan uranium. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, who was on hand for the announcement, said the deal, estimated to be worth hundreds of millions of dollars, would be a boon for his province.

"For an employer of 4,000 people in the province - 45 percent of them First Nations and Metis - it's a great day for Saskatchewan."

The deals include pledges to co-operate in the areas of civil aviation, railway transportation and education and skills development, as well as space, social security and maternal, newborn and child health.