Canadian journalist and author Terry Milewski on Tuesday said that Canada had failed to stop the “glorification of terrorism” and that it was “completely normal and legal in Canada to praise an extremist” in the country.
Milewski’s remarks came after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alleged India’s role in the killing of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar, whom he referred to as a “Canadian citizen”.
While speaking to India Today TV, Milewski explained that the “real issue” with Trudeau’s statement was the “complete lack of evidence”. The journalist said that the Canadian police had made no arrests in connection with Nijjar’s murder and still haven’t identified the shooters.
Milewski questioned how Trudeau could make the allegation without evidence.
When asked why Trudeau may have publicly made such allegations during an ongoing investigation, Milewski said, “He is down in the polls. If there was an election held tomorrow, the conservatives would almost certainly win.”
Milewski said that the Khalistani movement in Canada, historically, has not been reined in as much as it should be and pointed to the “glorification of terrorism” in the country.
“It is normal to glorify the Air India bomber in a Gurdwara or to celebrate the assassination of Indira Gandhi,” he added.
Milewski is popularly known for his report, Khalistan: A project of Pakistan, published in 2020, which detailed Pakistan’s alleged role in the separatist movement.
JUSTIN TRUDEAU’S BIG ALLEGATION
While speaking in the Canadian Parliament on Tuesday, Justin Trudeau said there are credible allegations of a potential link between the Indian government and the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
As a consequence of this, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly expelled a high-ranking Indian diplomat, Pavan Kumar Rai, the head of the Research and Analysis Wing (RAW).
India has outrightly rejected Justin Trudeau’s assertion of a “potential link” between Indian government agents and Nijjar’s killing, deeming it “baseless” and “motivated,” suggesting it lacks factual grounding and may be influenced by undisclosed motives or political considerations.
In a tit-for-tat response, India expelled a senior Canadian diplomat, Cameron MacKay, the Canadian High Commissioner to India.