Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Prince Edward Island Premier Wade MacLauchlan ended their joint trade mission to India earlier this year in style. They held a reception for several hundred people on a terrace at the five-star Taj Mahal Hotel that offered an excellent view of the Gateway of India, Mumbai’s most famous landmark. The Canadians were clearly determined to make an impression.
Too bad the only thing they got right was the setting. The party itself was forgettable. I had hoped to see something splashy and distinctively Canadian—like Anne of Green Gables serving Ontario wine. But if not for the flags arrayed behind the podium, I wouldn’t have known who to blame for the mediocre buffet. Wynne and MacLauchlan spoke, but their remarks were lost in the din.
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