Brampton MP uses House of Commons to accuse other MPs of supporting Khalistani extremism
Published February 26, 2021 at 5:40 pm
A Brampton MP who was fired from the federal Liberal caucus last month over controversial statements, has accused Sikh MPs of supporting Khalistani extremism.
Before question period recently in the House of Commons, Ramesh Sangha, who now sits as an Independent representing Brampton Centre, said the MPs pressured the government to remove the term “Khalistani extremism” from a 2018 report that identified terrorist threats to Canada.
The Khalistani movement is supported by some Sikhs who want to establish an independent state called Khalistan in the Punjab region that includes parts of India and Pakistan.
Stating that he himself was a Sikh, Sangha said he is not a Khalistani extremist or a sympathizer, but that there are Sikhs in Canada who support the movement including those in the House of Commons. He did not name those he was accusing.
“On December 13, 2018, the minister of public safety removed religious Sikh words from the “Terrorist Threat to Canada” report and the Sikh community was grateful,” said Sangha. “However, a few unsatisfied Sikh members of parliament stood against their own government, used all the tools and ulterior motives and pressurized the government and got Khalistani extremism removed from the report.”
Sangha went on to state the MPs had a “hidden agenda” to “camouflage” the names of those linked to the Khalistani movement, including “their own near and dear ones.”
“The security of Canada is paramount, but they compromised it,” Sangha concluded. “Shame on them for pandering to extremism in Canada. History will not forgive them.”
Last month Sangha was expelled from the Liberal caucus over comments made against other Liberal MPs that were “baseless and dangerous accusations against a number of his caucus colleagues.”
The comments were made during an interview with Y Media where he suggested some Liberal MPs had ties to Khalistani extremists.
In 2019 Sangha accused the government of damaging relations with India by supporting the Sikh separatist movement.
Sangha was first elected to Brampton Centre in 2015 and re-elected in 2018.
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