As Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to receive overwhelmingly poor reviews for his week-long state visit to India, Sikh separatists are proclaiming the tour a success, according to Global News on Sunday.
Trudeau appeared with a convicted Sikh terrorist who once tried to assassinate an Indian cabinet minister, which provoked international embarrassment for the prime minister, who was already being ridiculed on social media for his endless photo ops and impromptu dance sequences:
The Liberal government’s attempt to explain Jaspal Atwal’s participation as the result of “rogue elements” in the Indian government did not fly with the Canadian media, who were provided with a special background briefing on the topic.
Throughout his trip, Trudeau argued that his government does not harbor Sikh separatists — who advocate independence for the Punjab region of India — in his cabinet. The discovery of Atwal radically undermined the prime minister’s messaging but has apparently encouraged Sikh separatists in Canada.
“I condemn in the strongest terms the Government of India’s cold shoulder behavior during reception of PM [Trudeau],” said Sukhminder Singh Hansra in a statement. Hansra is the president of the a Canadian chapter of the Sikh separatist political party Shiromani Akali Dal.
“Once again, [Trudeau] and his team displayed the higher standard of democracy as they put the interest of people ahead of their own by meeting with the head of Punjab state, the arrogant Capt. Amarinder Singh,” Hansra said.
Trudeau met with Singh during his visit, after which Singh told reporters that Trudeau had made a commitment about assessing the danger of those Sikh extremists who are believed to finance terrorist attacks in India.