The Premier (Chief Minister) of British Columbia, David Eby, expressed disappointment with the federal government of Canada’s stance on the Nijjar murder case, questioning whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s leadership has led to a lack of transparency or concrete evidence regarding India’s alleged involvement in the case. He pointed out that Trudeau has not provided any substantial proof or classified information related to the allegations he has made against India, and most of the information he cited is publicly available on the internet.
Eby highlighted that since the murder of Nijjar occurred in his province, he has been concerned about the safety of the state’s residents. He mentioned that he had even spoken with the Director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) regarding the matter. However, no separate information was provided to him that could allow him to conclude that the people in the province are under threat.
He further called for the elimination of legal restrictions that impede the free flow of information related to matters of public interest, suggesting that if CSIS is withholding information due to legal reasons, those legal hindrances should be removed. Eby’s comments have been perceived as a significant setback for Trudeau.
Canada Needs to Step Back for Resolution
Vikas Swarup Vikas Swarup, India’s former High Commissioner to Canada and a former Secretary in the Ministry of External Affairs, stated that Canada needs to step back from the politically irresponsible actions of Trudeau to find a resolution to the diplomatic dispute. Speaking at the Global Business Forum in Fairmont Banff Springs, Alberta, Canada, he argued that Canada’s attempt to accuse India of complicity in the murder of a terrorist through unfounded allegations has been counterproductive and that Canada should reconsider its approach to the matter.
The ongoing diplomatic tensions between India and Canada stemming from the murder of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar continue to create rifts, with British Columbia’s Premier questioning the Canadian government’s handling of the case and demanding more transparency.