The Canadian New Democratic Party (NDP), led by Jagmeet Singh, has passed a resolution condemning India over ongoing protests against three farm laws imposed last year.
In fact, the ‘Solution for International Solidarity with Indian Farmers’ was given the priorities of its program in the section, Redefining the Canadian Area of the World, which is a reflection of the group’s foreign policy conditions.
It occupied a high position in the conference’s prioritization, prior to justice and peace in Israel-Palestine.
Even though two Canadians are still in prison in China, and the Canadian House of Representatives on February 22 passed a resolution describing China’s actions in Xinjiang as meeting the so-called “genocide”, the problem appeared only eighth in the list, while Hong Kong Freedom of Expression dropped even below number 12.
The decision on ‘International Solidarity with Indian Farmers’ was taken by team members from Brampton East. While contesting the 2019 elections to the House of Representatives from Burnaby South in British Columbia, the city of Brampton, in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), is home to Federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh.
The resolution calls for “unity government to condemn India’s actions and take strong action to protect farmers from human rights abuses by the Indian government” and to demand “international obligations to protect the rights of farmers to protest peacefully and without repression”.
The decision was adopted by 88 votes and 12 were opposed, with all the incumbent speakers arguing for their support.
Jagmeet Singh was denied a visa by the Indian government in December 2013. At that time, he was a member of the Provincial Parliament or MPP in Ontario, making him, perhaps, the first member of the Western legislature to be banned from traveling to India.
Later, in March 2018, he was forced to disapprove of all “acts of terrorism” as he entered the hurricane scene by appearing at a 2015 event in San Francisco, where he spoke on stage after the postmaster Jarnail Singh Bhindranwale, who took from India a man who fueled the violence of the Khalistan movement 1980.
Similar decisions are not made at the three-day national conference of the ruling Liberal Party that ended on Saturday or that of the opposition Conservative Party last month.
The three-day NDP meeting will conclude on Sunday with a speech by Jagmeet Singh.