Ujjal Dosanjh: India-Canada Relations At ‘Rock Bottom’ After Invite Fiasco
Friday, February 23, 2018
BCF : The botched party invitation extended to a convicted attempted murderer by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s office has plunged Canada-India relations to an all-time low, says a former Liberal cabinet minister.
Trudeau poses with a terrorist
“Mr. Trudeau can perhaps salvage our relationship, but I think it hit rock bottom with this. It was already sliding downwards from the moment they got to India,” Ujjal Dosanjh, a former Liberal health minister, ex-premier of British Columbia and one-time provincial attorney general, told The Canadian Press on Thursday.
OTTAWA — The stunning oversight that allowed a man convicted of
attempted murder to be invited to a party in New Delhi with Prime
Minister Justin Trudeau is rocking Canada's ties with India just as the
government is trying to boost trade in Asia. The fiasco has left relations between the two countries at an
all-time low, said one former Liberal cabinet minister, while other
observers call it proof the government must jettison the photo ops in
traditional Indian clothing in favour of a more serious foreign policy
Atwal was convicted of attempting to kill Indian cabinet minister
Malkiat Singh Sidhu on Vancouver Island in 1986. He was also charged,
but not convicted, in connection with a 1985 attack on Dosanjh, a
staunch opponent of the Sikh separatist movement's push for an
independent state of Khalistan. "Mr. Trudeau can perhaps salvage our relationship (with India), but I
think it hit rock bottom with this," Dosanjh said in an interview
Thursday. "It was already sliding downwards from the moment they got to India."
Trudeau's office said the invitation was a mistake and was rescinded
as soon as Atwal was discovered on the guest list. However, He showed up
at a reception earlier in the week in Mumbai and was photographed with
Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the prime minister's wife.