Relations between the two countries appear to be deteriorating after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s remarks against farmers’ new agricultural laws. Conscious people have said that India has blocked top diplomatic talks between the two countries.
Indian Foreign Secretary (former) Rewa Ganguly Das and his Canadian counterpart were expected to hold talks on Tuesday (December 1), which India postponed. Behind this, New Delhi has spoken to Ottawa about the date inconvenience. Earlier, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar walked out of a meeting of the Covid 1 Ministerial Coordination Group convened by Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe last week. The meeting was organized on the strategy of corona virus. India, which attended the group’s previous meeting, has set a “schedule” to stay away from the sched December meeting.
Prime Minister Trudeau hinted at the ongoing peasant movement in India during a video conference on the occasion of Guru Nanak’s 551st birth anniversary. “Canada will always stand up for the right to peaceful demonstration,” he said.
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About 1.6 million people in Canada belong to the Indian community. A large number of them are from Punjab. There are about seven million Sikhs in Canada. It is believed that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a statement about the peasant movement in the 2021 elections. The other two Canadian parties – New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh and Conservative leader Erin Tool – have previously supported the peasant movement.
Following the Canadian Prime Minister’s remarks, New Delhi summoned the Canadian Ambassador. India has said statements made by Canadian prime ministers and some cabinet ministers about Indian farmers are unacceptable. This is interference in India’s internal affairs. However, Indian officials have said that political ties will not affect economic relations between the two countries.