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PTC Exclusive: Indian agents' involvement in Hardeep Nijjar's killing hindering bilateral ties, says Canadian PM Trudeau

Canadian PM reiterates his commitment to upholding freedom of expression and opinion for all its residents, highlighting it as a fundamental aspect of Canadian democracy

Written by  Jasleen Kaur -- April 30th 2024 07:16 PM -- Updated: April 30th 2024 07:25 PM
PTC Exclusive:  Indian agents' involvement in Hardeep Nijjar's killing hindering bilateral ties, says Canadian PM Trudeau

PTC Exclusive: Indian agents' involvement in Hardeep Nijjar's killing hindering bilateral ties, says Canadian PM Trudeau

Report from Toronto by Rupinder Kaur: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau engaged in a media roundtable conference following discussions on the federal budget, where he addressed questions pertaining to bilateral relations with India and concerns over housing affordability.

To  a query posed by PTC Punjabi Canada staffer, Justin Trudeau began by acknowledging the significant obstacle in Canada-India relations posed by the inclusion of Indian agents in the killing of Canadian citizen and Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Trudeau emphasised the necessity for India to respect Canadian laws and sovereignty for fostering better relations between the two nations. He reiterated Canada's commitment to upholding the freedom of expression and opinion for all its residents, highlighting it as a fundamental aspect of Canadian democracy.


Asserting the paramount importance of ensuring the safety of every Canadian resident, Trudeau addressed concerns regarding the influence of external actors in domestic affairs, particularly when it jeopardises the security and well-being of Canadian citizens.

The Canadian Prime Minister's remarks come amid growing tensions between Canada and India following the revelation of Indian agents' involvement in the killing of Canadian citizen and Sikh leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar. Trudeau's stance underscores Canada's unwavering commitment to protecting its citizens and maintaining diplomatic relations based on mutual respect and adherence to international norms.

Transitioning to domestic issues, Trudeau responded to questions regarding the budget's focus on housing and affordability. He recognised the pressing need to address affordable housing challenges, stating that the government's efforts are directed towards rectifying the situation. The Prime Minister highlighted the importance of increasing the stock of housing and improving the process of house construction, with a specific emphasis on affordable rental housing.

Trudeau assured that the government's focus remains on solving affordable housing issues, recognising it as a fundamental aspect of ensuring the well-being of Canadian citizens. He reiterated the government's commitment to providing affordable housing options and addressing the concerns raised by citizens regarding housing affordability.

In concluding remarks, Trudeau underscored Canada's commitment to protecting the safety and security of all its residents, reaffirming it as a top priority for his administration.

- With inputs from our correspondent

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