Relations between the two countries have soured since Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau commented on farmers’ protests against new agricultural laws. People familiar with the whole matter say that India has stopped discussions at the highest political level between the two countries.
Talks between Indian Foreign Secretary (East) Rewa Ganguly Das and her Canadian counterpart were expected on Tuesday (December 15). New Delhi has spoken to Ottawa about the inconvenience of the date behind it. Earlier, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar left a meeting of the Ministerial-Coordinating Group of Covid-1 of last week convened by Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Phillips. The meeting was organized on the policy of corona virus. India, which had participated in the previous meeting of the group, mentioned the issue of ‘schedule’ to stay away from the sched December meeting.
During a video on the occasion of Guru Nanak’s 1551st birth anniversary, Prime Minister Trudeau referred to the peasant movement in India. He expressed concern about the protests, saying “Canada will always stand by the right to demonstrate peace.”
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About 1.6 million people in Canada belong to the Indian community. Most of them are from Punjab. Canada has a population of about seven million Sikhs. It is believed that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a statement about the peasant movement in the 2021 election. New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh and Conservative leader Erin Tool, two Canadian parties, had previously backed the peasant movement.
New Delhi summoned the Canadian ambassador after criticism from the Canadian prime minister. India had said that statements made by the Prime Minister of Canada and some cabinet ministers about Indian farmers were unacceptable. It is an interference in India’s internal affairs. However, Indian officials have said that political ties will not affect economic relations between the two countries.