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12:00 AM, March 02, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:57 AM, March 02, 2018

Trudeau red-faced again

Canada opposition to move motion for India's unity and condemn Khalistani separatists

The controversy created by an invitation to former convicted Khalistani terrorist Jaspal Atwal for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's dinner in Delhi last week has created a storm in Canadian politics, with the opposition moving a motion to support India's unity and condemn Khalistani separatists.

The issue snowballed into a major issue in Canadian parliament on Tuesday after Trudeau's national security advisor alleged that the invitation to Atwal was arranged by some elements in the Indian government to sabotage Trudeau's India visit.

With India rejecting the allegations as "baseless and unacceptable", the opposition Conservative Party on Wednesday asked Trudeau to respond to India's rebuttal.

Trudeau defended the allegations against India by his national security advisor, and said: "When one of our top diplomats and security officials says something to Canadians, it is because they know it to be true."

Calling the allegations against India "bizarre", opposition Conservative Party leader Andrew Scheer asked Trudeau: "Will the Prime Minister produce some kind of proof for his conspiracy theory?"

The Opposition party was moving a motion in parliament yesterday to condemn Khalistani separatists and pledge support to India's unity.

The motion says: "That the House: (a) values the contributions of Canadian Sikhs and Canadians of Indian origin in our national life; (b)Condemn in the strongest terms all forms of terrorism, including Khalistani extremism and the glorification of any individuals who have committed acts of violence to advance the cause of an independent Khalistani state in India; and (c) Stand with a united India."

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