Canadian MP from Trudeau's party slams decision to honour Nijjar in Parliament

An MP from Justin Trudeau's Liberal Party has slammed the decision to observe a moment's silence to mark the first anniversary of death of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Canada's Parliament held a minute of silence to honour Nijjar, who was killed last year on June 18.
Canadian MP from Trudeau's party slams decision to honour Nijjar in Parliament
Source: ANI

A Canadian Member of Parliament (MP) from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's party has condemned the government's move to mark a year of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar's death by holding a moment of silence in the House of Commons. Chandra Arya, a Liberal Party MP member of Parliament from Napean, Canada, condemned the tribute, saying it was inappropriate to honour Nijjar.

Chandra Arya said that the Parliament observes a minute of silence exclusively for great Canadians, who have served Canadians immensely for most of their lives, and Nijjar didn't at all fit into it, reports The Globe and Mail.

MPs from all parties took a moment to honour Nijjar, who was murdered outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on June 18, 2023.

Justin Trudeau claimed there were "credible allegations" linking the murder to the Indian government, which has since strained diplomatic relations between Canada and India.

India vehemently denied any such involvement, and termed the allegations "absurd and motivated".

Member of Parliament Chandra Arya condemned the tribute, saying it was inappropriate to honour Nijjar.

"When Parliament decides to observe a minute of silence, it is very exclusive and limited to a few great Canadians who have served Canadians immensely for most of their lives," said Arya reported The Globe and Mail.

"Nijjar is not one of those people. That the 'credible allegations' that he was killed by a foreign government were considered good enough to elevate him to the ranks of the most respected Canadians is false," Arya added.

Arya pointed to a Globe and Mail investigation that highlighted concerns over Nijjar's links to extremism, his entry into Canada on a false passport, and his involvement in the Khalistan separatist movement.

Arya emphasised that Parliament's observance of a minute of silence should be reserved for Canadians who have significantly served the country.

The controversy has been further fuelled by ongoing tensions surrounding the Air India bombing in 1985, which killed 329 people. Two Canadian investigations attributed the attack to Sikh extremists in Canada.

Arya expressed concern over conspiracy theories promoted by some Khalistan supporters, who claim the Indian government was involved in the bombing. These theories have upset families of the victims.

Deepak Khandelwal, who lost two sisters in the bombing, criticised the Trudeau government's handling of the situation, saying it "emboldens" such behaviour.

"As painful as this is, I'm speaking out because I don't want any other family to have to go through this. We cannot allow these elements to become stronger," Khandelwal said, reported The Globe and Mail.

Source: India Today

Stay connected to Jaano Junction on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Koo. Listen to our Podcast on Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

logo
Jaano Junction
www.jaanojunction.com