An impartial fee probing alleged overseas interference in Canada requested the Justin Trudeau authorities on Wednesday to share details about attainable meddling in elections by India, a growth that might irritate already-tense Ottawa-New Delhi relations.
The fee was arrange by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s authorities in September to conduct a public inquiry into overseas meddling in Canadian affairs after stories of alleged Chinese makes an attempt to affect elections and mounting strain for an inquiry. Beijing has repeatedly denied any interference.
The fee mentioned in a press release on Wednesday that it had requested the Canadian authorities to offer paperwork “relating to alleged interference by India related to the 2019 and 2021 elections.”
“The commission will also examine the flow of information within the federal government in relation to these issues, evaluate the actions taken in response, assess the federal government’s capacity to detect, deter, and counter foreign interference, and make recommendations on these issues,” it mentioned.
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The fee, led by Quebec Judge Marie-Josee Hogue, is charged with conducting an impartial public inquiry into allegations of tried overseas interference in Canadian affairs by China, Russia and others. It is predicted to finish an interim report by May 3 and ship its last report by the tip of this yr.
Diplomatic relations between India and Canada have frayed in latest months over Canada’s allegations linking Indian brokers to the homicide of Sikh separatist Hardeep Singh Nijjar in British Columbia final yr. India has rejected that allegation. Canadian authorities have but to cost anybody with the killing.
The Indian High Commission in Ottawa didn’t instantly reply to a request for touch upon Wednesday.