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Would-be assassin has longtime ties to Liberals

Jaspal Atwal, the former terrorist member and would-be assassin who was photographed alongside members of the Canadian delegation in India, is a long-time supporter of the Liberal Party of Canada. Atwal is a former donor to the federal Grits with deep ties to the party that pre-date Justin Trudeau’s tenure as prime minister. Official records show, for example, that Atwal donated $500 to the Liberal Party of Canada in Surrey, BC, on April 9, 2011. (Toronto Sun)

Former Liberal minister attacked by Atwal previously warned feds

Jaspal Atwal didn’t just try to kill a prominent Indian politician, he was charged for attacking another activist who’d go on to become a Liberal cabinet minister. And that minister went on to warn successive governments about cozying up to Sikh extremists, to little avail. It’s now been widely reported that Atwal, the man who had been invited to attend a dinner with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in India, had been convicted of attempted murder in 1987 after shooting moderate Sikh politician Malkiat Singh Sidhu. (Toronto Sun)

Information about gunman passed to Canadian officials earlier this month

Canada’s spy agency was provided information by a concerned citizen last week about the optics of convicted gunman Jaspal Atwal attending events with the prime minister in India, Postmedia has learned. The tipster, who asked not to be identified for fear of retaliation, confirmed speaking to an agent from the Canadian Security Intelligence Service on Feb. 17, hoping to alert the Canadian government to Atwal’s criminal history. (Vancouver Sun)

Mexico again among Canada’s top sources of refugee claims after visa requirement lifted

Refugee claims by Mexicans have increased sharply since Prime Minister Justin Trudeau allowed citizens of the country to enter Canada without travel visas, new figures show. Almost 1,500 citizens of Mexico had refugee claims referred to the Immigration and Refugee Board in 2017 — six times more than in the previous year, when they totaled just 250. (Global)

Liberals need to fix overwhelmed asylum system: Conservatives, advocates

Refugee advocates say the Immigration and Refugee Board has done as much as it can to manage a historic surge in asylum claims, and the time has come for the Liberal government to act. The IRB took the formal step this week of invoking an element of Canada’s immigration law that states they don’t have to follow legislated timelines to hear claims if doing so would unduly impact the operations of the board. (Global) (CTV)

Need to fight separatism jointly, India tells Canada

India and Canada should jointly counter forces of terrorism and separatism, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday welcoming his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau. Mr Modi’s comments came hours before the Ministry of External Affairs announced an Indo-Canadian ‘framework agreement’ to counter Sikh separatist groups. (The Hindu)

Terrorism and extremism are a threat to both India and Canada, says Modi

A slew of documents were signed in presence of the Prime Ministers. At a joint press meet, Mr. Modi emphasised terrorism and extremism were a threat to multi-faceted countries like India and Canada, while Mr. Trudeau said his country supported pluralism and diversity. Words khalistan and separatism were avoided by both the leaders. (The Hindu)

Outrage in India as Canada’s Trudeau Invites Terrorist to Dinner, Retracts Invite After Uproar

Just when Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seemed to have smoothed out the rough patches in his relationship with India, he ignited another firestorm by inviting a convicted terrorist from a Sikh separatist movement to dinner. The Canadian government swiftly rescinded the invitation to Indo-Canadian businessman Jaspal Atwal, claiming an unexplained failure in the vetting process was responsible for his invitation to a dinner reception in New Delhi. (Breitbart)

India-Canada relations at ‘rock bottom’ after Trudeau invitation error, ex-Liberal cabinet minister says

The stunning oversight that allowed a man convicted of attempted murder to be invited to a party in New Delhi with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is rocking Canada’s ties with India just as the government is trying to boost trade in Asia. The fiasco has left relations between the two countries at an all-time low, said one former Liberal cabinet minister, while other observers call it proof the government must jettison the photo ops in traditional Indian clothing in favour of a more serious foreign policy stance. (Toronto Star)

Canada’s Trudeau Slammed for Using Taxpayer Money to Fly Celebrity Chef to India, Inviting Terrorist to Dinner

Trudeau’s trip, which has seen the Canadian leader snubbed by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who declined to greet him when he landed, has come under new controversy after reports emerged that he used taxpayer funds to fly celebrity chef and Liberal Party supporter Vikram Vij to India, Canadian broadcaster CTV reports. (Breitbart) (Global)

Narendra Modi in joint presser with Canadian PM Trudeau: Won't tolerate those who challenge our sovereignty

Standing beside his Canadian counterpart Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said that any attempts to challenge India's sovereignty and unity will not be tolerated. "There should be no space for those who misuse religion for political motives and promote separatism. We will not tolerate those who challenge unity and integrity of our countries," PM Modi said as he addressed a joint press meet with the Canadian PM. (Times of India)

 

OTHER STORIES (Domestic and International)

Justin Trudeau Makes A Fool Of Himself Again, Insults Entire Nation Of India With Condescending, Ethnic Attire

Fresh off lecturing a young woman to say “peoplekind” instead of “mankind,” Canada’s pretty boy Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stepped in it again, this time insulting the entire nation of India during his boondoggle of an eight-day family workcation. Twitter lit into Trudeau, 46, this week, for wearing over-the-top, traditional Indian attire that appeared at once desperate and condescending. Sherwanis; kurta shirts; an awkward outfit straight out of central casting for a Bollywood bridegroom. (Daily Wire)

Justin Trudeau's India visit deemed a 'slow-moving train wreck' amid claims he was 'snubbed'

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is this week visiting India, but the young politician — known for rock-star treatment on the international stage — is not getting much of a reception in the South Asian giant. Media in the country has had its attention occupied by the scandal over the Punjab National Bank fraud case, and top officials have an ax to grind with the Canadian, experts said. (CNBC)

Justin Trudeau's Laughable, Disastrous Trip to India

On a recent trip to India, he made a surprising cultural faux pas, dressing his family and himself in traditional Indian garb. One Indian politician tweeted, “FYI we Indians don’t dress like this every day sir, not even in Bollywood." The Indian government's reception of Trudeau has been decidedly lukewarm. (PJ Media)

Former B.C. premier ‘speechless’ about invite to Sikh extremist Atwal

Mr. Dosanjh, also a onetime federal Liberal cabinet minister, says he was taken aback when he found out that Jaspal Atwal was invited to a Thursday night dinner reception with the Prime Minister after attending another event with the Trudeau family earlier this week. Mr. Dosanjh says Mr. Atwal attacked him with an iron bar in 1985 over his opposition to Sikh extremism. The attack left him with 80 stitches and a broken hand. Mr. Atwal was acquitted of the attack. (Globe and Mail)

Atwal affair exposes tension in Canadian politics that still exists over Sikh extremism

Ujjal Dosanjh is disappointed a “monkey wrench” has been thrown into the works of the Canada-India relationship. But he’s happy the “poison” of Khalistani separatism, and its influence on domestic Canadian politics, has been exposed by the revelation that a man convicted of attempted murder, Jaspal Atwal, was invited to an event attended by Justin Trudeau in Mumbai this week, where he even posed for photos with Sophie Grégoire Trudeau. (National Post)

Growing fears Isis cell have kidnapped British couple in South Africa

Two British nationals remain missing as two suspects face charges of kidnapping as well as offences that fall under an anti-terrorism act (IB Times)

 

EDITORIAL AND OPINION PIECES

Mark Bonokoski: Trudeau in India - From butter chicken to kirpan socks

It would appear our prime minister, rarely pictured lately without culturally appropriating some kind of traditional Indian garb, apparently could not find a chef good enough to cook Indian food in India. So he had to fly in a celebrity chef from Vancouver. Now, there’s a five-star snub. (Toronto Sun)

Candice Malcolm: Trudeau's global sensation comes crashing down in India

The Liberal Party of Canada’s crass partisanship and dubious vote-seeking schemes are catching up with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during his official state visit to India. Trudeau is used to being met with acclaim and international fanfare during his many trips abroad. But his reception in India has been strikingly different. He’s received a cold-shoulder from his counterparts in India’s central government. Prime Minister Narenda Modi, known for his gracious hospitality and warm bear hugs when greeting foreign dignitaries, has entirely ignored the Canadian PM. (Toronto Sun)

Farzana Hassan: As Trump freezes aid, Pakistan's terror problem is still very real

Pakistan recently sought American help to build a fence along its Afghan border – and Pakistan wants President Trump to pay for it. That’s according to Nasser Khan Janjua, national security advisor to the Pakistani prime minister. Could this be a ruse to restore U.S. aid to Pakistan, using language Trump can understand? (Toronto Sun)

Ezra Levant: Trudeau says veterans want too much — but look what he has money for now

As you know, Justin Trudeau's townhall a few weeks ago went shockingly wrong. Yes, he said "peoplekind," the gaffe that went around the world. But that story drew attention away from something else Trudeau said at the same gathering, something much more important. (Rebel)

Terry Glavin: Trudeau's tour of embarrassment could have been worse. Maybe

In defence of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, nothing that has occurred during his state visit to India, at least so far, quite matches the scene U.S. president George H.W. Bush made at a formal dinner in Tokyo in 1992. Out of the blue, the president turned to Japanese prime minister Kiichi Miyazawa, vomited all over him, and passed out in his chair. (National Post)

Don Martin: If this is Trudeau putting Canada 'back' on the world stage, we should get off

First, that testy unproductive China visit last fall. Then there was the angry group of Pacific Rim partners left stewing as Canada waffled back from a free trade agreement. And let's not get started on how repeated soothing Justin Trudeau visits have only ramped up President Donald Trump’s trash-talking of Canada for re-negotiating NAFTA in bad faith. (CTV)

Christie Blatchford: Liberals have a high tolerance level for convicted Sikh terrorists

It may be bearable, if amusing, that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been playing Mr. Dressup on his Indian tour, he and the missus and the young ’uns donning more authentic garb than you could find in the average Indian’s tickle trunk. What is not is that one of the vast number of MPs travelling with the PM invited a convicted terrorist to a dinner/reception this week at the official residence of the Canadian High Commissioner, apologized for his lousy judgement and that appears to be that (National Post)

 

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