Justin Trudeau, the Prime Minister of Canada has shared his concern over our farmers. He also said that he is in contact with Indian jurisdiction related to the farmers’ protest. While being a part of the virtual celebration of Gurpurab, the 551st birthday of Guru Nanak Dev Ji, the founder of Sikhism which was on 30th November.
He started sharing his opinion with “I would be remiss if I didn’t start also by recognising the news coming out of India about the protests by farmers. The situation is concerning“. He further continued by saying “Canada will always be there to defend the right to peaceful protest. We believe in the importance of dialogue and that’s why we’ve reached out through multiple means directly to the Indian authorities to highlight our concerns.”
He also mentioned, that there are Sikhs and Punjabis in his nation who were bothered about their family and friends. We could just sympathise with them, but it is the “reality” for them.
While mentioning the protest he also presented three Sikh ministers in his country. Inclusion and youth minister Bardish Chagger; innovation, science and industry minister Navdeep Bains; and defence minister Harjit Sajjan.
While commenting on the issues and concerning the farmers, who are mostly from Punjab, Justine criticised the “violence” that is happening against the farmers. Apart from Trudeau, the Liberal MP Ruby Sahotra, and Conservation MP Tim Uppal also spoke over the issue.
Before this, the New Democratic Party’s Jagmeet Singh talked over the protest. He mentioned “violence perpetrated” by the Indian government against “peacefully protesting” farmers as “appalling”. Further, he said I stood in “solidarity” with the farmers and called upon the Indian government to “engage in peaceful dialogue” with them.
The Indian authorities have not reacted in a formal manner yet to the Canadian government. Nevertheless, the Twitter account of the Indian High Commission in Ottawa stated “Busting some myths around the farm bills. Don’t fall for fake information!”