Last Updated: September 24, 2023, 11:29 IST
As many as 60 percent of Canadians think it’s time for Justin Trudeau to step aside as leader and let someone else lead the Liberals into the next election in 2025. (File pic/Reuters)
Ongoing Canada-India tensions as Justin Trudeau’s rally witnesses low turnout amidst ISI link revelation
In the midst of escalating diplomatic tensions between Canada and India, backers of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau organised a rally in support of his government’s accusations against New Delhi. However, the “Stand With Trudeau Rally” witnessed a low turnout, according to visuals obtained by CNN News18. Only a handful of protestors participated, despite the rally garnering support from Pakistan’s ISI.
India-Canada relations have reached an all-time low after Trudeau accused the Indian government of involvement in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey. New Delhi firmly dismissed these allegations as “absurd” and demanded that Ottawa provide evidence to support its claims.
This rally comes as a startling revelation has exposed a link between the Canadian Prime Minister and Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). A group supported by Pak’s top spy agency organised a rally in Surrey in favour of Trudeau on September 23. Prior to that, India came down heavily on Canada and asked the country to clamp down on anti-India elements operating from its soil, as it suspended visa services for Canadians.
Rahat Rai, who has close ties to ISI, frequently hosts teams of Pakistanis at his place. The rally took place at Surrey Central Sky Train Station to maximize participation, with sources indicating a significant number of attendees from outside Surrey, where the ISI network is reported to be influential. Sources also disclosed that Trudeau is currently facing challenges on the home front.
A recent poll said four out of ten Canadians believe that Opposition leader Pierre Poilievre was the best choice for PM, leaving behind Justin Trudeau whose popularity has decreased significantly in recent months. As many as 60 percent of Canadians think it’s time for Trudeau to step aside as leader and let someone else lead the Liberals into the next election in 2025.
Top government sources in India said this seemed to be the real reason for Trudeau opening a front against India amidst his dipping popularity amongst Canadians. Trudeau has so far not furnished any evidence to prove India’s involvement in the killing of the Khalistani separatist leader. New Delhi has rubbished the allegations, with sources linking it to problems Trudeau faces domestically, like high inflation and increasing cost of living.