Canada’s PM stresses unity amid Khalistan controversies


Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau addressed growing concerns over Khalistan extremism and the purported “foreign interference” during the G20 summit, reinforcing that the actions of a few individuals do not mirror the stand of Canada or its vibrant and diverse community.
In several meetings with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi over the years, the leaders have broached the significant issues that straddle both nations.
Trudeau emphasised Canada’s perennial commitment to safeguarding the freedom of expression, conscience, and peaceful protest. While reiterating his nation’s dedication to curtailing violence and countering hatred, he underscored the importance of respecting the rule of law. This statement comes in the wake of various Khalistani activities reported in Canada over recent years, including protests and vandalism linked to Khalistan supporters. A concerning surge in activities, ranging from protests outside the Indian Embassy to the celebration of the assassination of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, has marked a period of tension and necessitated these high-level discussions. The leaders met on the sidelines of the G20 Summit to deliberate upon a host of issues, with a shared goal to foster harmony and strengthen the ties between India and Canada across different sectors.
Expressing his commitment to nurturing the India-Canada relationship, PM Modi tweeted after the meeting, detailing that the leaders discussed an extensive range of ties spanning various sectors. The conversation on the social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, signalled a positive dialogue between the nations.
In recent months, India has voiced apprehensions following threats to its diplomats in Canada, spurred by the circulation of posters revealing personal details of prominent personnel. The climate of fear escalated with the accusations levelled against Indian officials, High Commissioner Sanjay Kumar Verma and Consulate General Apoorva Srivastava, in connection with the death of Khalistan terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Trudeau’s assertion on the bilateral platform reflects a commitment to maintaining unity and nurturing the rich multicultural fabric of Canada, whilst acknowledging and addressing the gravity of the disruptive activities. The Canadian leader’s statement seeks to pave a way forward, enhancing cooperation and fostering a climate of mutual respect and understanding between the two nations amidst challenging times.
As both nations move forward, Trudeau and Modi’s ongoing dialogue remains vital in sustaining the bonds of friendship and collaboration, forged over years of partnership and shared values. This meeting stands as a testament to the leaders’ resolve to work together in addressing critical issues and steering the path towards stability and growth.