The four day visit of Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau marked a milestone in relations between Ceylon and Canada. The friendship that Mrs Bandaranaike enjoyed with the Canadian Premier would continue well into her tenure. Holding Ceylon in high regard in the Commonwealth, Prime Minister Trudeau had often held up the country for accommodating two
Attending the first ever Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, which replaced the early Commonwealth Prime Ministers’ Conference, Mrs Bandaranaike articulated her proposal for the creation of an Indian Ocean Peace Zone. The leaders meeting in Singapore also deliberated on issues concerning Rhodesia and South Africa, which dominated the discussions.