In hotly contested polls on Monday, Canadian PM Justin Trudeau’s Liberal Party won the snap election, but failed to gain an absolute majority in parliament

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday congratulated Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on his victory in the elections held on September 20.

“Congratulations Prime Minister @JustinTrudeau on your victory in the elections! I look forward to continue working with you to further strengthen India-Canada relations, as well as our cooperation on global and multilateral issues,” Prime Minister Modi said in his tweet.

Canadians returned Liberal Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to power in what Canadian broadcasters said was a ‘hotly contested elections’ against a ‘rookie conservative leader’. However, he failed to gain an absolute majority, they said.

Despite having failed to gain an absolute majority, Justin Trudeau is poised for a third term as Canada's Prime Minister who projected a win for his Liberal Party in Monday's elections.

Trudeau, in power since 2015, has won three general elections in less than six years.

Canada and India have long standing bilateral relations built upon shared traditions of democracy, pluralism and strong interpersonal connections.

The bilateral partnership between the two countries has got reinvigorated during the tenures of Prime Ministers Modi and Trudeau.

Prime Minister Modi’s visit to Canada in April 2015 elevated the bilateral relation to a strategic partnership.

PM Trudeau paid his first State Visit to India from February 18 to 24, 2018. Both Prime Ministers had informally interacted during the G-7 Summit at Biarritz, France on August 26, 2019.

The visits and meetings reaffirmed the breadth and scope of Canada-India relations, based on the fundamental principle of respect for sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the two countries.

Amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, both Prime Ministers have spoken on April 28 and June 16, 2020 and February 20, 2021 to discuss regional and global issues including global supply chain, collaborations in research and technology for vaccine, medicines supply from India, evacuation of stranded Indians and Canadians.