“Any involvement by a foreign government in the killing of Canadians on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of our sovereignty,” Trudeau said in the Lower House of Canada’s Parliament.
The Prime Minister added that Canada “has expressed its deep concerns to top security officials and the Government of India” over the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, which occurred in June in the western Canadian city of Surrey.
Singh Nijjar, shot by unknown assailants in the parking lot of a Sikh temple, was accused of terrorism by Indian authorities for advocating the creation of an independent state in the Punjab state of Khalistan for the Sikh minority.
Trudeau today informed the country’s top political leaders about the conclusion of Canadian intelligence agencies about India’s involvement in the murder and stated that during the G20 Summit, held in India on September 9 and 10, he demanded an explanation from his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi .
“With all my might, I recommend that the Government of India work together with Canada to resolve this issue,” said the Canadian Prime Minister, describing what happened as “extremely serious”.
On September 1, the Canadian government announced it was suspending talks with India to sign a free trade agreement, without explaining why. Canada also canceled a trade mission to India that was supposed to take place in October.
About 1.8 million people of Indian origin live in Canada, and about 770,000 of them are Sikhs.
The leader of the New Social Democratic Party (NPD), Jagmeet Singh, the fourth party in the Canadian Parliament, is Sikh.
By Impala News / The Day After Tomorrow
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