Majority of Canadians want Canada to reduce tension with Delhi over Nijjar

Approximately 25 per cent want Canada to investigate further, and 11 per cent prefer a patient approach for now, as per a poll

Canada PM Justin Trudeau (left) and Indian PM Narendra Modi in happier times (photo: IANS)
Canada PM Justin Trudeau (left) and Indian PM Narendra Modi in happier times (photo: IANS)


A little over 50 per cent of Canadians want their country to decrease tensions with India over the killing of Khalistani hardliner Hardeep Singh Nijjar, and engage in diplomatic talks, according to a poll.

A Nanos Research poll commissioned by CTV News revealed that a substantial 57 per cent of Canadians would prefer that the country decrease tensions and engage in diplomatic talks about the murder, which occurred outside a gurdwara in Surrey, British Columbia, on 18 June.

Relations between the two nations soured after Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused India of playing a role in Nijjar's killing last month, leading to expulsion of diplomats and New Delhi, with the Indian government calling the charges "absurd".

About one in four respondents to the poll said they want Canada to further investigate the accusations, and one in 10 (11 per cent) said they want Canada to "be patient" and do nothing for now.

Residents in Quebec province were more likely to say they want Canada to engage in tension-reducing measures (65 per cent) than in British Columbia, where 50.3 per cent chose diplomatic talks.

Three quarters of Canadians said they believe (47 per cent), or somewhat believe (27 per cent), Trudeau’s statement that he obtained intelligence that implicates India in Nijjar's killing.

Nearly one in five said they do not (10 per cent) or somewhat do not believe (eight per cent) Prime Minister Trudeau, said the survey, which sampled 1,058 respondents.

Seventy-nine per cent of respondents above the age of 55 were more likely to believe or somewhat believe Trudeau’s statement than younger Canadians (69 per cent) in the 18-34 years age group.

A Financial Times report said Canadian foreign minister Melanie Joly held a secret meeting with India's Union minister of external affairs S Jaishankar in Washington last month to solve the diplomatic row.

Joly on Wednesday said diplomacy is always better when conversations remain private, underscoring that she will continue to take the same approach when it comes to India.

Nijjar, chief of banned terror organisation Khalistan Tiger Force, was wanted in India for links to terrorist activities and spearheading the Khalistan referendum vote in Canada. He was designated as a terrorist by the Indian government in 2020.

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