When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau departed from India on Saturday, it was hardly possible to imagine that Canada’s standing in New Delhi could plummet any deeper into the abyss of humiliation than eight days of non-stop travelling gaucherie, diplomatic outrage and burlesque fiasco had already sunk it. But as things have turned out, the lurid spectacle has not yet come to anything like a merciful conclusion.
This is not going away any time soon.
It was bad enough that some “senior security official” in Trudeau’s government thought it would be clever to concoct and circulate a conspiracy theory to explain away the worst and most scandalous indiscretions committed by Trudeau and his entourage. The story he put about was that it wasn’t Team Trudeau’s fault at all, but rather a covert Indian intelligence operation of a possibly rogue nature that had somehow resulted in the procurement of invitations for the humvee-driving convicted would-be assassin, Liberal Party vote-farmer and former Khalistani terror-group hobbyist Jaspal Atwal to two of Trudeau’s public receptions in India.
Things got immeasurably worse when the author of this fanciful melodrama turned out to be no less a figure than Prime Minister Trudeau’s own handpicked senior adviser on intelligence and national security, Daniel Jean. Even worse, and even after Surrey Liberal MP Randeep Sarai confessed that it was he whose profoundly poor judgment had opened the doors for Atwal, not Indian spies, and even after Trudeau had disciplined Sarai for it by securing his resignation as the Liberals’ Pacific caucus chair – well, it is almost impossible to believe what happened next.
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