Johnston said that the more than 1.2 million Canadians who trace their roots to India are making important contributions to the multi-cultural society of the North American country. (Agencies)
"India and Canada have a lot in common, shared traditions of parliamentary democracy, our commitment to pluralism and strong people-to-people ties. Over 1.2 million Canadians trace their roots to India that is one out of every 30 Canadians. This population is making an important contribution to our multi-cultural society, to our country's economic, political and academic life," Johnston said at an event organized to welcome him.
Johnston said the two countries are partnering each other in a variety of fields but there is potential for a greater and more prosperous relationship between the two sides.
"We have collaborated because we feel it is the best way to achieve success nationally and internationally. The desire to work together is at the heart of our relationship," he said.
At the event, Johnston felicitated Indians, including businessmen, social workers and academic consultants, who have worked towards ensuring better relations with Canada.
The Canadian Governor General, who arrived in India on February 22, will stay in the country till March 1. He will also visit Mumbai and Bangalore. In Mumbai, he is expected to visit Dharavi, one of Asia's largest slums.
Johnston said that the more than 1.2 million Canadians who trace their roots to India are making important contributions to the multi-cultural society of the North American country.