Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finds himself embroiled in a diplomatic crisis, attempting to navigate the fallout of his recent actions and statements in the Canadian Parliament regarding India. Trudeau's attempts to clarify his intentions and downplay the situation have failed to mend the growing rift between Canada and India.
Just days after his controversial actions, Trudeau made an attempt to backtrack, stating that he is “not trying to provoke India.” However, the damage was already done.
Additionally, Canada's traditional allies within the Anglosphere, including the US, UK, and Australia, have refrained from extending their support to Trudeau's stance against India, leaving him isolated in this diplomatic standoff.
Trudeau's actions have had economic repercussions as well. India's unexpected cancellation of a planned free trade deal with Canada has dealt a blow to bilateral trade relations. This cancellation took the Canadian government by surprise and added to the strain on diplomatic ties.
The Canadian opposition is now demanding proof to substantiate his allegations against India, putting Trudeau under significant pressure. Meanwhile, the Hindu community in Canada has reported threats from Khalistani groups, further complicating the situation.
Recent reports indicate that besides issuing a travel advisory to its citizens, urging caution while in Canada, the Indian government has directed its banks to slow down the processing of education loans sought by Indian students intending to study in Canadian universities. This move underscores India's discontent with Canada's recent conduct and illuminates the erosion of trust between the two nations.