CONSERVATIVE Deputy Leader Tim Uppal on Monday called on the Indian government in the House of Commons to act with utmost transparency in the investigation into the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
Nijjar was shot dead last June in broad daylight in the parking lot of Surrey’s Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara where he was serving as president.
Uppal, who is the MP for Edmonton Mill Woods, Alberta, said in his statement in Parliament: “Let me begin by offering my sincere condolences to Bhai Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s family. I also did so in person with his son soon after his assassination – an assassination of a Canadian on Canadian soil in the parking lot of a gurdwara.
“At that time in June and now we call on the RCMP for a full investigation. We call on the Indian government to act with utmost transparency in this investigation because these allegations represent an outrageous affront to Canada’s sovereignty.”
Uppal stressed: “Canadians must be kept safe from extrajudicial killings of all kinds, most of all from foreign governments. Canadians must be protected on Canadian soil.”
He noted: “It is for this reason that Conservatives brought forward a Foreign Agent Registry bill S-237 in November of 2021 which continues to be blocked by this Liberal-NDP government. I this bill was passed two years ago, when Conservatives proposed it, foreign agents working to intimidate, influence, and even assassinate a Canadian citizen could have been stopped.”
Uppal said: “We must work together to protect Canadians from foreign interference and to ensure that Bhai Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s killers are brought to justice.”