In a dramatic move, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau got up in the House of Commons today (September 18) to make the following announcement.
Canadian national security agencies are investigating “credible allegations” that “agents of the government of India” were involved in the killing of a prominent Canadian Sikh leader in Surrey, BC last June, he said.
That Sikh leader was Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, president of the Guru Nanak Gurdwara.
He was gunned down in his van in the parking lot of the Gurdwara on June 18 by what the police said were two heavy-set men.
Nijjar was active in organizing a referendum for Khalistan, a separate Sikh state in Punjab, to determine the community’s support for independence.
The Indian government had even published poster against Nijjar offering a reward for his arrest or information about him.
This was a clear indication that Nijjar was a marked man, targeted for assassination by the fascist Modi regime in India.
Following Nijjar’s killing, the Sikh community across Canada had no doubt who was behind the murder: agents of the Modi regime.
During rallies to protest Nijjar’s killing, many members of the Sikh community held posters referring to Indian diplomats in Canada as “killers.”
One of those so-called diplomats serving under diplomatic cover in the Indian High Commission in Ottawa was ordered to leave Canada.
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly announced that Canada has expelled a “key Indian diplomat” and said Canada “expects India to fully collaborate with us and ultimately to get to the bottom of this.”
She also said she plans to raise this issue during an evening meeting with the G7 foreign ministers in New York today.
If Canada is really serious about going after Indian spies masquerading as diplomats, it should take a close look at the visa officers in Indian consulates in Toronto and Vancouver.
If Canadian security agencies have not identified these spies disguised as diplomats, then it is a serious failure of intelligence.
If they know the identities of these spies, then it is a dereliction of duty not to expel them from Canada.
They pose a serious threat to Canadian citizens, especially members of the Sikh community who are engaged in perfectly lawful activities.
“Over the past number of weeks, Canadian security agencies have been actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between agents of the government of India and the killing of a Canadian citizen Hardeep Singh Nijjar,” Trudeau said.
He described it as an “extremely serious matter.”
The opposition party leaders, including Jagmeet Singh, who himself is Sikh, were informed ahead of the House of Commons announcement.
“Canada is a rule of law country, the protection of our citizens in defence of our sovereignty are fundamental.
“Our top priorities have therefore been one, that our law enforcement and security agencies ensure the continued safety of all Canadians. And two, that all steps be taken to hold perpetrators of this murder to account,” Trudeau said in his Commons statement.
India has a gruesome record of targeting dissidents not only in India but also abroad.
The Canadian government has a serious choice to make: does it want to ensure the safety and protection of its citizens or allow economic interests to dictate its policy.
For years, Canadians have warned the federal government about the threat posed by Indian agents in Canada.
This has now resulted in the cold-blooded murder of a Canadian citizen in Surrey, BC.
Will the Canadian government take serious steps or allow the murder of its citizen to be forgotten after a few meek verbal protests?