Canada Accused India for Meddling its Internal Affairs
Canada’s National Security Advisor (NSA) Jody Thomas accused India of meddling in Canada’s internal affairs on Friday, June 3, 2023. Thomas made the accusation during a speech at the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) Public Intelligence Symposium.
Thomas said that India was one of several countries that were “seeking to interfere in Canada’s democratic institutions and processes.” She did not provide any specific evidence to support her claim.
India has denied the accusation. The Indian Ministry of External Affairs said that Thomas’s comments were “baseless and irresponsible.”
The accusation comes at a time of heightened tensions between Canada and India. In 2020, the Canadian government imposed sanctions on four Indian officials in connection with the death of a Canadian citizen in custody in India. India responded by imposing sanctions on four Canadian officials.
The two countries have also been at odds over trade and investment issues. In 2021, India imposed tariffs on Canadian wheat and pulses. Canada responded by launching a challenge at the World Trade Organization.
The accusation of foreign interference is a serious matter. It could damage relations between Canada and India and could have a chilling effect on free speech and political dissent in both countries.
It is important to note that Thomas’s accusation is just that – an accusation. There is no evidence to support her claim that India is meddling in Canada’s internal affairs. It is also worth noting that India has denied the accusation.
It is too early to say what the long-term consequences of Thomas’s accusation will be. However, it is clear that the accusation has the potential to damage relations between Canada and India.
Here are some of the specific examples of Indian interference that Thomas mentioned:
- Economic coercion: India has imposed tariffs on Canadian goods, such as lentils and pulses.
- Disinformation campaigns: India has spread false information about Canada, such as claims that Canada is supporting Sikh separatists.
- Cyberattacks: India has launched cyberattacks against Canadian government websites.
Thomas said that India’s interference is “a threat to our democracy and our way of life.” He called on India to “refrain from these activities and to respect Canada’s sovereignty and security.”