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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and son Xavier wave from the plane as they get set to depart from New Delhi, India, on Sept. 12.Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has finally touched down in Canada after technical issues with a government aircraft delayed his departure from India by two days.

Trudeau and the Canadian delegation that attended the G20 leaders’ summit in New Delhi was set to depart for Ottawa on Sunday, but the plane was grounded over an issue discovered during pre-flight checks.

The CC-150 Polaris plane, part of a fleet that was commissioned in the early 1990s, has been plagued with problems in recent years and is set to be replaced later this fall.

After the issue was discovered, the Royal Canadian Air Force sent a technician to India with replacement parts.

It also sent a backup plane in case it was needed, but the technician was able to fix the issue on the original plane.

The prime minister does not fly on commercial flights for security reasons.

The Liberal caucus is holding a three-day retreat in London, Ont., with smaller groups of MPs meeting on Tuesday.

The wider national caucus is scheduled to meet beginning Wednesday and Trudeau is expected to attend.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says if it were up to him, the G20 leaders' declaration on Russia's invasion of Ukraine would have been much stronger. At a closing summit news conference on Sept. 10, Trudeau says Canada will continue to support Ukraine.

The Canadian Press

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