Justin Trudeau rakes up Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s killing at high profile inquiry

OTTAWA: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has once against taken up the killing of top Khalistani Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar by Indian intelligence agencies on Canadian soil last year and asserted that his government stood up to defend the rights and freedoms of all Canadians.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Trudeau, who was testifying at a high-profile public inquiry looking into foreign interference in Canada’s electoral process on Wednesday, also alleged that the previous government was “cosy” with the Indian government.

He made the remarks when he was asked about what his government did after receiving intelligence information on foreign information during the 2019 and 2021 elections, according to the live-streaming videos being shared by local media.

The ties between India and Canada were strained last year after Trudeau’s allegations in September of a “potential” involvement of Indian agents in Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s killing outside a gurdwara in Surrey city on June 18 last year.

Speaking about an intelligence report three months after the 2019 elections, Trudeau said, “The principle that anyone who comes to Canada from anywhere in the world has all the rights of a Canadian to be free from extortion, coercion and interference from a country that they left behind, and how we have stood up for Canadians, including in the very serious case that I brought forward to Parliament of the killing of Nijjar, demonstrates our government’s commitment to defending the rights and freedoms of Canadians for which so many people crossed oceans and continents,” he said.

He reiterated his government’s dedication to protecting citizens from external coercion and interference, citing Nijjar’s case as a demonstration of this commitment.

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