Sep 21, 2023
By Jane Brown
As a rift between Canada and India grows wider, a statement from India’s visa processing centre in Canada says services are now suspended.
Wednesday, India’s External Affairs Ministry issued an updated travel advisory urging citizens of India travelling and studying in Canada to be cautious because of “growing anti-India activities and politically condoned hate crimes.”
The moves come as further response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s accusation in the House of Commons Monday that the Indian government may be tied to the killing of B.C. Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Burnaby, B.C. this past June.
Canada’s Immigration Minister Marc Miller says the travel advisory warning citizens of India against travelling in Canada is an overreaction.
“I think everyone knows Canada is a safe country and given the events of the last two or three days, the seriousness of allegations, it’s important for everyone to stay calm,” Miller explained.
The opposition Conservatives continue to call on the prime minister to detail what evidence he has that points to India being involved in the murder of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil.