Published: Tue, March 06, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

PM Trudeau stands by official's theory that Indian factions sabotaged his trip

PM Trudeau stands by official's theory that Indian factions sabotaged his trip

Journalist Terry Glavin, in an opinion piece written for the Ottawa Citizen, a Canada-based English-language daily, branded Trudeau as someone who "came off like some sort of human wardrobe malfunction for nearly his entire sojourn on the subcontinent".

The Canadian High Commission hosted an event for Justin Trudeau and his family in Mumbai, where Jaspal Atwal was photographed with the prime minister's wife. The invite was later rescinded.

It may be recalled here that a National Security Advisor of Justin Trudeau had stated that the Indian government had conspired to sabotage Trudeau's journey to India by highlighting Jaspal Atwal's presence in his dinner.

"I was shocked at the incompetence it must have taken for the PMO or the RCMP or the High Commission to actually accomplish this-that you have a convicted attempted assassin...who is now hobnobbing with the elite of Canadian politics", Dosanjh told CTV News at the time. And even as he appeared to lay the blame for the matter squarely at the feet of Liberal MP Randeep Sarai, the one who invited Atwal, he too continued to lend credence to the theory put forward in Jean's briefing.

During Trudeau's first question period since returning to Canada, opposition MPs grilled him over the invitation issued to Atwal. When asked by a member if Trudeau stood by what the official said, his response was that when a top official says something to Canadians, it is because they know it to be true.

The official Opposition is pointing to India's decision to raise tariffs on chickpeas as the latest evidence that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent trip to that country ended up doing more harm than good.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal party on Thursday blocked a Conservative motion, which sought National Security Adviser Daniel Jeana to testify his "conspiracy theory" on Pro-Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal. "Any suggestion to the contrary is baseless and unacceptable", External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar told the media here.

Glavin, in his piece, opined that "this whole thing has been an very bad, trudging parade of error, idiocy, and disgrace".

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