Global Affairs Canada has updated its travel advisory for India to reflect recent tensions between Ottawa and New Delhi, suggesting the mood toward Canadians has soured.
Otherwise, the advisory tells prospective travellers in general to “exercise a high degree of caution,” noting some regions are to be avoided altogether due to the usual risks of terrorism and insurgency, such as in Jammu and Kashmir.
The notice from Global Affairs Canada (GAC) came a few days after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau publicly accused India on Sept. 18 of being involved in the killing of a Sikh secessionist on Canadian soil last June.
Relations between Ottawa and New Delhi have since rapidly deteriorated. Signs of tensions, however, had appeared during Mr. Trudeau’s visit to India earlier in September for the G20 meeting, where he raised the allegations with his counterpart, Narendra Modi.
“You are aware of the security threats being faced by our High Commission and consulates in Canada. This has disrupted their normal functioning,” said Mr. Bagchi, to justify the measure.
India has also requested Ottawa reduces the number of its diplomats in-country, in addition to expelling a Canadian diplomat in retaliation for Canada declaring the unit head of its intelligence service in Canada persona non grata.
Meanwhile, GAC said it reduced its diplomatic presence due to some diplomats receiving threats on social media platforms.
The Canadian prime minister has not provided much detail, only to say security agencies are pursuing “credible allegations” of Indian agents having a “potential link” to the shooting death of Sikh community leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, B.C.
Government officials have leaked some details in the media to explain how the information was sourced, after Conservative Party Leader Pierre Poilievre and others demanded more information from Mr. Trudeau.
“There was shared intelligence among Five Eyes partners that helped lead Canada to making the statements that the prime minister made,” said Mr. Cohen.
“There was a lot of communication between Canada and the United States about this, and I think that's as far as I'm comfortable going.”
The U.S. has the most extensive intelligence capabilities within the alliance, which includes Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the U.K, but the source of the information hasn’t been disclosed.