Canada Alleges Indian Interference in Federal Elections, To Probe 2019 & 2021 Polls

Canada’s Justin Trudeau government continues with its anti-India stance months after the India-Canada row over Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s killing. Justin Trudeau’s government has now declared to examine the alleged Indian interference in its last two general elections, in 2019 and 2021.

In 2023, a Bloomberg report stated that Trudeau initiated an inquiry following the leak of intelligence documents to the media that alleged that China had interfered in Canada’s elections.

On Wednesday, the Canadian commission investigating the allegation confirmed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government will be also investigated, reported Bloomberg.

Global News has confirmed that Canada’s Federal Commission of inquiry into foreign interference has said it was looking to examine alleged meddling by India and whether India played any role in influencing the two elections in 2019 and 2021.

The commission also said it had asked the federal government to produce documentation related to such allegations.

The commission’s initial hearings are set to begin on January 29. The commission is expected to furnish its interim report on May 3, while the final report will be ready by the end of 2024. The ties between India and Canada soured following Trudeau’s allegations on September 18 of “potential” involvement of Indian agents in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18 in British Columbia. India had designated Nijjar as a terrorist in 2020. India rejected Trudeau’s allegations as “absurd” and “motivated.”

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