Harjit Singh Sajjan the Canadian Defense Minister provided details of his meeting with Punjab CM Captain Amarinder Singh. The press conference of Harjit Singh provided a different version than what was tweeted by Captain Amrinder Singh.
The Canadian media has reported that the PM and Sajjan brought up human rights violations to which Captain Amarinder responded by saying that the police officers have been punished by courts who’ve committed rights violations.
Pm Trudeau told the press that he expressed clearly that they are against any form of extremism and that the also value freedom of expression.
He said, “We look forward to continuing to work together — understanding, of course, that Canada values freedom of expression, defending human rights, and a broad range of perspectives.
The following is a transcript of Harjit Singh Sajjan’s comments to the press:
Today we visited Harmandir Sahib honouring the Sikh Faith and the strong, vibrant communities both in Canada and in India.
The Punjabi Diaspora has made strong contributions to Canada. It was important to speak with the Chief Minister of Punjab to continue to strengthen our people-to-people ties for our respective regions.
Prime Minister Trudeau and I had a constructive conversation with the Chief Minister of Punjab, and he commended us for Canada’s support for a strong and united India. We agreed that both governments are committed to countering all forms of violence.
We will continue to stand up for human rights and peaceful freedom of expression everywhere.
The Prime Minister’s visit today was historic.
As a Canadian of Sikh faith, visiting Harmandir Sahib is a time to reflect on the values of our faith — equality, justice, volunteerism. It is our duty to speak up when it comes to the vulnerable and calling for justice.
Also, let us not forget the loss of life that resulted from anti-Sikh violence in 1984 which was truly tragic and is an issue close to the hearts of many Sikh Canadians.
Both Canada and India fought beside each other during WWI and are laid to rest side by side.
At the core we all share values of reconciliation. As we as a government have always maintained, we must continue to call for truth, and justice for all victims.
I am looking forward to the rest of the trip.
Today was another step in strengthening the deep ties between our two countries and creating new opportunities to grow the middle class in Canada and Punjab — specifically in areas of education, agriculture and investment.
We also talked about shared support to increase women in the workforce.