Trudeau’s Bengal Bungle

Prime Minister Trudeau's India trip is his first foreign trip that's generated negative international headlines. And with the opposition ready to pounce next week, Liberal insiders tell Chief Political Correspondent David Akin they're frustrated and they'll want a full accounting of what happened.
Prime Minister Trudeau’s India trip is his first foreign trip that’s generated negative international headlines. And with the opposition ready to pounce next week, Liberal insiders tell Chief Political Correspondent David Akin they’re frustrated and they’ll want a full accounting of what happened.

Had it just been the snickering from the usual suspects about his clothes, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau likely would have ended his week in India with little political damage and possibly even a bump in popularity in Canada’s large Indian diaspora.

But some bad press turned worse, much worse, when it emerged that a man convicted of what a Canadian judge called “an act of terrorism” — an attempt in 1986 to assassinate an Indian politician visiting Vancouver Island — showed up at a Trudeau event in Mumbai, invited there by a B.C. Liberal MP.

And then “worse” turned to “farce” when the PMO trotted out one of the most senior members of the civil service, someone who is one of the handful of bureaucrats privy to literally all the secrets of our national security agencies, to engage in frantic damage control.

After insisting that any journalist who wanted to listen to what this individual had to say could not name this person, the government tasked the bureaucrat with peddling what must be one of the most bizarre conspiracy theories ever advanced by a Canadian government: That Jaspal Atwal, the terrorist invited by the Liberals to Mumbai, may have been planted there by the Indian government or maybe by Indian security agencies or perhaps by factions in the Indian government. Whatever that means.

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See Also:

(1) REPORT: Conservatives Call For Emergency Meeting About Security After Jaspal Atwal Invite Debacle

(2) After Trudeau visit, a scope to reset Indo-Canada ties

(3) Trudeau like ‘The Love Guru’ on embarrassing India trip

(4) Invitation to ex-terrorist for Canadian PM Trudeau dinner clouds visit

(5) Trudeau’s disastrous India trip won’t be forgotten any time soon

(6) Another controversy hits Trudeau’s India visit, distorted J&K map at event attended by Canadian PM

(7) Trudeau with his Indian culture overkill came across as patronizing

(8) The curtain falls on Trudeau’s Bollywood docu-comedy

(9) AUTHORITARIAN: Trudeau Government Banned Indian Magazine From Reception Because Of Critical Coverage

(10) Politicians forget they’re elected to serve

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On one hand we have the Trump Train with DJT hitting the 50% popularity mark. On the other we have the Trudeau train wreck, aka circus train. Canadians cringe in embarrassment while the world laughs at us.

The PMO’s attempt to distance Justin Trudeau from convicted attempted murderer (and former Khalistani extremist) Jaspal Atwal has totally fallen apart.

Atwal himself is saying he and Trudeau are friends, and they have known each other for years.

https://www.spencerfernando.com/2018/02/25/uh-oh-convicted-attempted-murderer-jaspal-atwal-says-justin-trudeau-friends/