“Trudeau to Facebook: Fix your fake news problem or face stricter regulations,” said the Star on February 8th. The article went on to detail how Trudeau had warned Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg about the issue back in November during a meeting in Vietnam.
And yet here we are, two weeks later and the prime minister is using his own national security advisor Daniel Jean to peddle a fake news conspiracy theory as to why and how a terrorist and would be assassin was welcomed to India and invited to dinner and a reception with Trudeau’s official tour. As you likely know by now Jaspal Atwal was part of a plot to assassinate Indian cabinet minister, Malkiat Singh Sidhu, on Vancouver Island in 1986. Atwal was part of a group, since labeled a terrorist group, that wanted a Sikh homeland carved out of the Punjab region of India.
Sidhu represented that area but was seen as too moderate so Atwal and his friends ambushed his car, shot him multiple times and left him for dead.
Sidhu survived and Atwal was convicted of attempted murder for an incident a judge called an act of terrorism.
How on earth does a man like that get near the prime minister at all, never mind invited to official events with the Indian government? Especially at a time when the main concern of the India government is whether the Trudeau administration is too soft on Sikh extremists!
Trudeau swore to the government that he wasn’t soft on Khalistanis as the Sikh separtists are called, then he invited one of them, a would be assassin no less, to dinner.
At first Trudeau and crew tried to blame the “unfortunate” incident on an invitation handed out in error by Canada’s High Commissioner to India.Rogue Indian political elements may be trying to make Canada look weak on Sikh extremism: source
I didn’t read all the stories out there and in fact CBC was the first
place I saw this, the reporter in question offered no context or
critical comment on the loopy theory that it was all an Indian plot,
instead the government funded news agency printed the government’s fake news talking points.
A senior government official with knowledge of the prime
minister’s security protocols is suggesting rogue political elements in
India may have orchestrated the embarrassing invitation of a would-be
political assassin to a formal dinner with Justin Trudeau in an attempt
to make the Canadian government appear sympathetic to Sikh extremism.
And then “worse” turned to “farce” when the PMO trotted
out one of the most senior members of the civil service, someone who is
one of the handful of bureaucrats privy to literally all the secrets of
our national security agencies, to engage in frantic damage control,
After insisting that any journalist who wanted to listen to what this
individual had to say could not name this person, the government tasked
the bureaucrat with peddling what must be one of the most bizarre
conspiracy theories ever advanced by a Canadian government: That Jaspal
Atwal, the terrorist invited by the Liberals to Mumbai, may have been planted there
by the Indian government or maybe by Indian security agencies or
perhaps by factions in the Indian government.
Whatever that means.
I understand agreeing to the PMO’s terms and agreeing not to identify
the person. I’ve been in those meetings in the past but not this time,
bureau chiefs are summoned, the government will release information but
only on background. The deal is that you agree to their terms or you
leave the room before they reveal their news. So of course you stay. That doesn’t mean you publish their drivel if that is what they serve up. Especially not verbatim.