Conservative Party leader Pierre Poilievre criticized Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, labeling him as ‘incompetent and unprofessional,’ especially regarding the strained relationship with India. Poilievre expressed his commitment to “restore the relationship with New Delhi” if he becomes the next PM.
Emphasizing the need for professionalism in international relations, he stated, “India is the largest democracy on Earth. It’s fine to have disagreements, but we must have a professional relationship.”
Poilievre pointed out that Canada, under Trudeau’s leadership, is in disputes with major global powers, including India. This criticism follows the removal of 41 out of 62 Canadian diplomats in India, indicating the escalating tensions between the two nations. Poilievre’s stance highlights the growing concerns about Canada’s diplomatic strategies and the potential for a shift if he assumes office.
Poilievre Demands Proof from Trudeau
Prime Minister Trudeau’s accusations regarding Hardeep Singh Nijjar’s killing didn’t gain the expected traction, even domestically. Opposition leader Pierre Poilievre called for transparency from Trudeau and emphasized the necessity of concrete evidence to back his claims. Poilievre succinctly expressed, “The Prime Minister has not provided any facts… we want to see more information.”
As Trudeau’s self-proclaimed “master plan” to confront India unfolded, the promised evidence remained notably absent. In the process, Canada lost a diplomat, India disrupted potential trade negotiations, and Trudeau’s aspirations for international support dwindled, drawing condemnation from conservative opposition and many Canadians, dealing a blow to his popularity.
Trudeau’s Stumbles: Conservatives on the Rise
Trudeau faced significant challenges both domestically and internationally, causing his support to plummet. Domestically, economic stress, marked by soaring interest rates, a high cost of living, and a deepening housing crisis, is already straining Canadian citizens. Additionally, Trudeau’s personal life underwent public scrutiny following his separation from his wife of 18 years in August.
On the global stage, Trudeau’s recent accusation implicating Indian agents in the murder of Khalistani terrorist Hardeep Singh Nijjar has strained Canada’s relationships with its allies. Canada asserts Indian involvement in the killing, a claim vehemently denied by India. This accusation has led to diplomatic tensions, with India accusing Canada of harboring Khalistani terrorists.
Amidst these challenges, Conservative leaders have gained momentum. Recent polls indicate a shift in public opinion, with the Conservatives leading the Liberals by a notable margin. A significant portion of Canadians now call for Trudeau’s resignation, advocating for a new leader within the Liberal Party.
Last month, the Conservatives led the Liberals 39% to 30%, an Ipsos poll showed. Some 60% of Canadians want Trudeau to step down to allow Liberal Party members to pick a new leader, up 6 points compared with December 2022, a separate Ipsos poll said, cited Reuters.
These developments have created a conducive environment for the Conservatives to potentially assume power. Trudeau’s struggles both at home and in international relations have profoundly influenced the public sentiment in the country.
Trudeau’s India Realization: Hope from Poilievre
Trudeau’s attempts to tarnish India’s global image have backfired, drawing condemnation not only from Canadians but also from foreign nations. His actions, particularly halting trade deals, have dealt a blow to Canadian prairie provinces, especially impacting the agricultural economy. These missteps have turned Canadians against him, prompting Trudeau to take steps to mend relations with India.
Acknowledging his losses, Trudeau expressed a desire to de-escalate tensions with India. Soon after, Canadian Foreign Minister Melanie Joly emphasized the importance of maintaining a strong diplomatic presence in India. Trudeau’s recent gesture of wishing ‘Happy Navratri’ to the Hindu community on his official platform signals an attempt at reconciliation.
In this scenario, Pierre Poilievre emerges as a beacon of hope, promising to restore ties between Canada and India. Trudeau’s efforts to mend relations highlight his realization of the damage caused. However, Poilievre’s promise underscores the potential for a positive shift, offering a glimmer of hope for both Canada and India in repairing their diplomatic relationship.