Strengthening Cultural Ties Between Ontario And India
Premier Dalton McGuinty led Ontario's highly successful business mission to India to strengthen the relationship between Ontario and India and help build prosperity for both peoples.
India and Ontario already share a special connection -- more than 500,000 people of Indian descent live in Ontario and that population continues to grow.
To strengthen that relationship, and build the goodwill that leads to trade and investment, the mission visited various important historic and cultural sites in India. Delegates learned about the rich history of the country and its people and paid respect to cultural institutions.
More than 100 leading Ontarians -- representing 87 companies, universities and other organizations -- joined the Premier on this mission.
Cultural activities included:
- Visiting the Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple and Cultural Centre, meeting with head priest Sadhu Atmaswarupdas, and performing the "abishek" ritual
- Visiting the Taj Mahal
- Wreath-laying at Raj Ghat, the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi
- Attending a Toronto International Film Festival event, featuring Sarah Polley's Away From Her
- Visiting the Golden Temple, the holiest of Sikh shrines.
Premier McGuinty's wife, Terri, accompanied him on the mission and participated in all cultural activities. In addition, she visited:
- The prestigious Delhi Public School, R.K. Puram, which uses the Maple Bear curriculum, developed for the Canadian Education Centre (CEC) Network by two Canadian experts in early childhood education.
- The Canadian International School in Bangalore, accredited by the Ministry of Education, which uses the Ontario (K-10) curriculum and employs Ontario-trained teachers.