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WATCH: Justin Trudeau booed out of mosque for stance on Israel-Gaza war

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau faced an unpleasant moment during his visit to a mosque in Toronto when the crowd booed him for his stance on the ongoing Israel-Gaza war, according to The Toronto Sun.

The video of the incident has gone viral on various social media platforms, showing a crowd of mosque-goers gathered in the mosque shouting “shame” and urging the facilitator not to let Trudeau speak at the podium.

This incident has garnered widespread attention and sparked discussions about the sensitive nature of the Israel-Gaza conflict.

Trudeau, who supported Israel’s “right to self-defence” after the October 7 attack by Hamas, visited a mosque in Toronto’s Etobicoke area, on Friday which was not notified by his office.

However, later, the Prime Minister’s Office confirmed that Trudeau attended the International Muslims Organisation of Toronto to show support to those affected by the Middle East’s horrific events.

“Everyone is hurt and hurting, everyone is grieving, everyone is scared of what this means,” Trudeau had told the reporters in Brampton, Ontario when asked if his caucus is at odds over how the Liberals should respond.

Canadian Liberal MPs are joining Muslim groups in advocating for a ceasefire in the Gaza region.

Toronto Liberal MP Salma Zahid, who chairs the Canada-Palestine Parliamentary Friendship Group, had written to Trudeau outlining some demands in response to a letter from 33 MPs.

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These demands included a call for an immediate ceasefire, assistance in facilitating the opening of a humanitarian corridor, and defence of international law.

Meanwhile, Canadian Jewish groups have demanded that Trudeau retract an earlier statement that supports Hamas’ claim that Israel was responsible for a hospital attack in Gaza, The Toronto Sun reported.

Tensions have risen across the Middle East as it has been weeks since Israel declared war against Hamas, after its fighters killed over 1,400 people, according to Israeli reports.

In a retaliatory move, Israel has launched several airstrikes and has entirely sieged Gaza, cutting off access to water, food, and electricity. Additionally, it has continued to bomb Palestinian civilian populations.

As a result, Israeli air strikes have martyred over 4,000 Palestinians, including more than 1,000 children, while over 15,000 additional Palestinians have been injured and in need of aid, according to the Gaza health ministry.

Over a million Palestinians have become homeless, with nowhere to go as no place in Gaza is safe.

India halts visa services for Canadians citing security threats

Tensions between India and Canada have flared as India suspends visa services for Canadian citizens, intensifying a diplomatic dispute following Canada’s allegations that India may be involved in the assassination of a Sikh separatist activist on Canadian soil.

BLS International, the agency responsible for processing Indian visa applications in Canada, delivered a letter to Indian stock exchanges on Thursday, formally declaring the suspension of visa services “till further notice” due to operational reasons, effective from September 21, 2023.

Previously, BLS International had posted on its website that India had suspended visa services for Canadians starting on Thursday, citing information from the Indian mission. The notice briefly disappeared on Thursday before resurfacing without explanation.

This development follows India’s stern travel advisory issued the previous day, urging its citizens in Canada to exercise caution and vigilance due to “politically condoned hate crimes.” The advisory also highlighted threats targeting Indian diplomats and segments of the Indian community opposing anti-India agendas, particularly mentioning Indian students.

The travel advisory comes on the heels of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s statement regarding “credible allegations” of a potential link between “agents of the government of India” and the assassination of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a Sikh Canadian citizen who was fatally shot by masked assailants in June.

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India has vehemently denied these allegations, deeming them “absurd and motivated” and insisting that Canada has provided no specific evidence to substantiate Indian involvement.

India’s foreign ministry spokesperson, Arindam Bagchi, highlighted that India had shared specific evidence of criminal activities by individuals on Canadian soil but had seen no action taken by Canadian authorities. In response to Trudeau’s statement, both India and Canada have expelled senior diplomats, straining their relations and raising concerns of an awkward rift between significant US partners.

Hardeep Singh Nijjar, a vocal advocate for Khalistan, a separate Sikh homeland that would encompass parts of India’s Punjab state, was gunned down outside a Sikh temple in Surrey, British Columbia, in June. The Khalistan movement is outlawed in India and regarded as a national security threat.

Nijjar’s name appeared on India’s list of UAPA terrorists, and in 2020, the Indian National Investigation Agency accused him of attempting to radicalise the Sikh community worldwide in favour of Khalistan.

The assassination of Nijjar deeply affected Canada’s Sikh community, one of the largest outside India, with over 770,000 Sikh members. Canadian authorities have not arrested any suspects in connection with his murder but have been actively investigating the case.

Canadian PM Trudeau, wife announce parting ways

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife have decided to part ways after 18 years of marriage, it emerged on Wednesday.

“Sophie and I would like to share the fact that after many meaningful and difficult conversations, we have made the decision to separate,” Trudeau announced in an Instagram post.

“As always, we remain a close family with deep love and respect for each other and for everything we have built and will continue to build,” Trudeau and Grégoire Trudeau wrote in identical messages.

“For the well-being of our children, we ask that you respect our and their privacy.”

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According to a statement from the Prime Minister’s Office, Trudeau and Grégoire have “signed a legal separation agreement”.

 

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“They have worked to ensure that all legal and ethical steps with regards to their decision to separate have been taken, and will continue to do so moving forward,” Trudeau’s office said.

“They remain a close family and Sophie and the Prime Minister are focused on raising their kids in a safe, loving and collaborative environment. Both parents will be a constant presence in their children’s lives and Canadians can expect to often see the family together. The family will be together on vacation, beginning next week.”

Trudeau, 51, and Sophie, 48, were married in late May 2005. They have three children.

Deadly bus accident claims 15 lives in Manitoba, Canada

In a devastating accident near the town of Carberry in Manitoba, Canada, a collision between a semi-trailer truck and a bus carrying seniors has resulted in a significant loss of life.

The crash, one of the deadliest road accidents in recent Canadian history, has left at least 15 people dead and 10 others injured.

The incident occurred at the junction of two major roads, where the bus, carrying approximately 25 people, collided with the truck. Most of the passengers aboard the bus were elderly individuals on their way to a casino in Carberry. The crash site was marked by burned vehicles and tarpaulins covering the victims, adding to the grim scene.

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Authorities swiftly responded to the mass casualty collision, with first responders and Royal Canadian Mounted Police units arriving at the scene. Police confirmed the tragic death toll and provided updates on the injured, who were transported to hospitals in the region. Medical facilities were put on high alert to handle the influx of victims.

As investigations into the accident continue, details about the cause and responsibility remain undisclosed. However, initial reports stated that the vehicle operated by Handi-Transit, which provides transportation services for the elderly and disabled, was initially misidentified as a van.

The crash in Manitoba echoes the pain and grief felt in neighboring Saskatchewan in 2018, when a truck collided with a bus carrying young ice hockey players, resulting in the loss of 15 lives. The recent tragedy has deeply saddened the nation, prompting expressions of condolences from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson. Both leaders offered their sympathies to those affected by the accident and pledged support during this difficult time.

The collision has forced the closure of the Trans-Canada Highway in both directions near Carberry, and motorists have been urged to avoid the area. The investigation into the accident will aim to shed light on the circumstances that led to this tragic event.

The tight-knit community of Carberry, Manitoba, and the wider nation are left grieving as they come to terms with this heartbreaking accident, which has taken away the lives of cherished individuals.

Canada & Saudi Arabia restore full diplomatic ties

Canada & Saudi Arabia restore full diplomatic ties. In a major breakthrough, Saudi Arabia and Canada have announced ending a diplomatic dispute and restoring full ties following a five-year dispute over human rights.

The development came following discussions between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the sidelines of the summit of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Forum in Bangkok on November 18, 2022, according to the Canadian government’s statement on Wednesday.

The statement said both sides desired for restoring diplomatic relations between the two countries “on the basis of mutual respect and common interests”.

The Ottawa has decided to restore the level of diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia to its previous level, the communique said.

“Canada has appointed a new ambassador to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Jean-Philippe Linteau,” it added.

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In a separate statement, the Saudi Foreign Minister confirmed the development saying, “It has been decided to restore the level of diplomatic relations with Canada to its previous state.”

On Wednesday, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said the two countries will “appoint new ambassadors” and a Canadian foreign ministry statement named Jean-Phillipe Linteau as Ottawa’s new envoy to the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia made no mention of its pick for ambassador.

The latest announcement follows a frenetic stretch of high-stakes Saudi diplomacy triggered by the kingdom’s surprise Chinese-brokered rapprochement deal with Iran announced in March.

Since then, Saudi Arabia has restored bilateral ties with Syria and ramped up a push for peace in Yemen, where it leads a military coalition against the Iran-backed Huthi rebels.

Saudi Arabia is also hosting representatives of Sudan’s two warring generals, and, with the US, brokered a seven-day humanitarian ceasefire that took effect Monday.

Biden arrives in Canada to discuss trade, migration challenges

US President Joe Biden arrived Thursday in Canada where he will meet Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and address parliament, with reports that a deal has been struck on managing undocumented migration across the neighbours’ long border.

Trade, Canada’s anaemic defence spending, and a potential international force to stabilize troubled Haiti are expected to be on the agenda in the events set largely for Friday.

As Biden flew north, there were reports that another hot-button issue in the otherwise smooth relationship had been resolved through a deal to clamp down on undocumented migration by asylum seekers passing through the United States into Canada.

According to The New York Times and the Los Angeles Times, Canada will be able to stop illegal migrants at the Roxham Road crossing point on the frontier between New York state and Quebec.

The flow of migrants there has been a source of irritation in domestic Canadian politics, much as it is in Washington concerning illegal entries across the US-Mexico border.

The reports said that Canada has agreed in return to take in some 15,000 asylum seekers from Latin America through legal channels, a move that will ease the pressure on the southern US border.

But as Biden and his wife First Lady Jill Biden arrived at Trudeau’s home Thursday evening for dinner, the president declined to answer a reporter’s question on the deal.

He then accompanied the prime minister and his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau inside.

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Earlier, Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre would not confirm the news but said “we will hear more about it from the president and the prime minister tomorrow.”

Ahead of the visit, the two sides stressed their close integration.

“I think that’s going to be the theme of this visit, that we are there making each other stronger and better,” Canada’s ambassador to the United States, Kirsten Hillman, told CBC.

But only modest, if any, progress is expected on tensions over Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act – a massive program to subsidize and kick start US-based development of electric vehicles and other clean energy products.

“We are looking for more inclusion in exactly those things,” a senior Canadian government official told reporters.

“We want a North America that is globally competitive, so that our two economies which are already so integrated, where so many businesses and jobs and supply chains rely on each other, can compete with the world and can be successful together.”

Money for mutual defence

Another expected item on the agenda is the financing of the neighbours’ mutual defence pacts, both as members of NATO and their joint air defence system for North America, named NORAD.

The US government has been pressuring Canada to increase its defence spending, which in 2022 was just 1.33% of GDP. This is scheduled to rise to 1.59% from 2026 but that’s still well below the NATO alliance requirement of a minimum two percent of GDP spending.

Jean-Pierre praised Canada’s contributions to the Western alliance helping Ukraine to fend off the Russian invasion but said regarding the budget, “I’m sure that conversation will come up.”

Earlier Thursday, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said that Biden and Trudeau would discuss pleas from Haiti’s leaders for an international force to bring order to the impoverished Caribbean nation, where the authorities are unable to subdue armed gangs.

Canada appoints first advisor to combat Islamophobia

Canada appoints first advisor to combat Islamophobia. Canada on Thursday appointed its first special representative on combatting Islamophobia, a position created following several recent attacks on Muslims in the country.

Journalist and activist Amira Elghawaby will fill the post to “serve as a champion, advisor, expert and representative to support and enhance the federal government’s efforts in the fight against Islamophobia, systemic racism, racial discrimination and religious intolerance,” a statement by the prime minister’s office said.

An active human rights campaigner, Elghawaby is the communications head for the Canadian Race Relations Foundation and a columnist for the Toronto Star newspaper, having previously worked for more than a decade at public broadcaster CBC.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau praised Elghawaby’s appointment as “an important step in our fight against Islamophobia and hatred in all its forms.”

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“Diversity truly is one of Canada’s greatest strengths, but for many Muslims, Islamophobia is all too familiar,” he added.

Over the past few years, a series of deadly attacks have targeted Canada’s Muslim community.

In June 2021, four members of a Muslim family were killed when a man ran them over with his truck in London, Ontario.

Four years earlier, six Muslims died and five were injured in an attack on a Quebec City mosque.

In a series of tweets Thursday, Elghawaby listed the names of those killed in the recent attacks, adding: “We must never forget.”

The creation of the new job had been recommended by a national summit on Islamophobia organised by the federal government in June 2021 in response to the attacks.

Xi & Justin Trudeau’s awkward exchange at G20 summit

Xi & Justin Trudeau’s awkward exchange at G20 summit. Things got a bit awkward between Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese President Xi Jinping during a chat on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Indonesia’s Bali when the latter accused Trudeau of “leaking” their talks to the papers.

In a brusque exchange caught on camera, Xi was heard telling Trudeau on Wednesday through a translator, at the closing session of the G20: “Everything we discussed has been leaked to the papers, that is not appropriate. And that was not the way the conversation was conducted.”

The Canadian Prime Minister was then heard responding cordially, “In Canada, we believe in free, and open, and frank dialogue and that is what we will continue to have. We will continue to look to work constructively together, but there will be things we will disagree on.”

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After Trudeau’s response, the two shook hands and went separate ways, with Xi maintaining his demeanour of a smiling but disappointed headmaster, and saying, “That’s great, but let’s create the conditions first.”

Trudeau said Wednesday he had discussed with President Xi Jinping the issue of Chinese interference in Canadian affairs on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Bali.

Ottawa has in recent weeks accused the Chinese government of interfering with its democratic institutions and judicial system, after years of strained relations between the two countries.

“I have raised the issue of interference with our citizens,” Trudeau told a news conference on the Indonesian resort island.

Trudeau met Xi on Tuesday, the first face-to-face dialogue between the two leaders since 2019.

He said he told the Chinese leader, who last month secured an historic third term, “it is important to be able to have a dialogue about this”.

Canadian federal police said on Thursday they were investigating so-called police stations set up illegally by China in the North American country.

Trudeau also said last week China was playing “aggressive games” after Canadian broadcaster Global News reported on a “clandestine network” of federal election candidates funded by Beijing.

“It’s extremely important we continue to stand up for the things that are important for Canadians,” Trudeau told reporters.

He said he also highlighted “areas of mutual concern and geopolitical challenges” in his talk with Xi, including the war in Ukraine and tensions on the Korean peninsula.

China’s foreign ministry declined on Wednesday to confirm any details of the conversation between the two leaders. Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said she had no information when asked about the meeting.