The Canadian Government has said the circulation of an online video in which Hindu Canadians are told to leave the country is offensive and hateful, asserting that acts of aggression, hate, intimidation or incitement of fear have no place in Canada.
The video was circulated amid escalating tensions between India and Canada following Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s explosive allegations of the “potential” involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani extremist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on his country’s soil on June 18 in British Columbia. India had designated Nijjar as a terrorist in 2020.
India has angrily rejected Turdeau’s allegations as “absurd” and “motivated” and expelled a senior Canadian diplomat in a tit-for-tat move to Ottawa’s expulsion of an Indian official over the case.
Public Safety Canada, the department responsible for matters of public safety, emergency management, national security, and emergency preparedness, said the circulation of the video is offensive and hateful and is an affront to all Canadians and “the values we hold dearly”. “There is no place in Canada for hate,” it said on Thursday night in a post on X.
Indo-Canadian lawmaker Chandra Arya from Prime Minister Trudeau’s party has earlier expressed dismay at the “glorification of terrorism” and hate crime targeting Hindus in this country in the name of “freedom of expression” in Canada.