Canadian ministers & politicians denounce 'online hate video' against Hindus but mum on pro-Khalistani outfit

Updated: Sep 23 2023 12:43PM

Toronto, Sep 23 (PTI) Days after an offensive video from a pro-Khalistan group threatening Hindus in Canada to leave the country went viral, top federal public safety officials and politicians have denounced the "online hate video" and asserted that Hindus are “safe and welcome.” However, neither the government body nor the politicians singled out the video by name, according to a report by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC).

Dominic LeBlanc, Canada’s minister of public safety, democratic institutions, and intergovernmental affairs, said that the “circulation of an online hate video targeting Hindu Canadians runs contrary to the values we hold dear as Canadians.” LeBlanc, wrote in a post on X, “There is no place for acts of aggression, hate, intimidation or incitement of fear.” The video showed Gurpatwant Singh Pannun of the pro-Khalistan group, Sikh for Justice, and a lawyer based in New York, openly asking Hindus from Canada to “go back to India.” Even the Public Safety Department of Canada called the video “offensive and hateful,” the report by the country's public broadcaster said.

“Acts of aggression, hate, intimidation or incitement of fear have no place in this country and only serve to divide us,” the Department said in a separate post on X.