Canada ‘takes Sikh extremism seriously’ memo to Freeland said before India trip
Canada finds itself in a difficult spot — accused of pandering to both sides
Douglass Quan, May 12, 2019
Mollifying India over its persistent concerns about “Sikh extremism” was top of mind for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his delegation during their visit to South Asia last year, declassified records show, even as the government now acknowledges the use of the term unfairly maligns an entire community.
Canada finds itself in a difficult spot — accused of pandering to both sides, said Anil Varughese, a professor of public policy at Carleton University. On the one hand, it wants to show support for India and its concerns about territorial integrity. On the other hand, there’s an “electorally significant minority” of Sikhs back home whose interests it also can’t ignore.
“Canada is trying to balance these competing demands,” he said.