A timely warning

The generally non-partisan Macdonald-Laurier Institute has published a new report, authored by retired CBC journalist Terry Milewski, who has tracked pro-Khalistan/Sikh separatist groups for decades, which says that Pakistan is the driving force behind the Khalistan (Sikh) separatist movement which seems to have many (too man) supporters in Canada. Mr Milewski notes that considerable pressure was brought to bear on the Trudeau regime in 2018 which caused it to remove an explicit reference to Sikh extremists in the Ministry of Public Safety’s Public Report on the Terrorism Threat to Canada. That sort of thing is what has been behind Indian suspicion that Canadian politicians (of all stripes) have been courting the Sikh vote in Canada even if that means offering at least tacit support to the Khalistan separatist movement which almost everyone I know agrees is deeply involved in terrorism.

Prime Minister Trudeau worked hard in the 2010s to recruit Sikhs into the Liberal Party and he welcomed them into his cabinet …

… all are, doubtless, good, loyal Canadians, but some people, including some important people, in India, believe that some of them are Sikh nationalists and “soft” on separatism. Those suspicions were made worse when Justin Trudeau allowed himself (2017) to be used as a prop in a Khalsa Day parade with obvious separatist overtones (something he has done several times since becoming Liberal leader in 2013) and …

… last year when Canadians soldiers were allowed to march, in a very non-ceremonial manner, in another Khalsa Day event. Prime. Minister Trudeau and his former foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, should be made to explain what they were thinking … if thinking is the right word for what they do.

It all begs questions. The big one is: was (is) Justin Trudeau’s foreign policy, towards India, being driven by Pakistan for its own ends and for the ends of its paymaster, China?

This report is a timely warning for …

… prime minister in waiting Erin O’Toole and for Michael Chong, the Conservative foreign affairs critic, for Shannon Stubbs the critic for public safety, and also for Leona Alleslev and Rob Morrison who have been nominated to sit on Parliament’s National Security Committee … they have important questions to ask and important decisions to make for Canada’s future in the world.

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