Freeland Contradicts Trudeau’s India Conspiracy Theory, Calls Atwal Invite “Honest Mistake”

Trudeau has spread a conspiracy theory that seriously damaged our relationship with India, and even members of the government don’t seem to believe it.

It seems Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland went off-script in a recent interview, when she contradicted Trudeau’s conspiracy theory about the controversial Atwal invite.

In an interview with Evan Solomon on CTV, Freeland said she told India’s foreign minister the invite was a mistake:

“I started off the meeting by saying to her that it had been an honest mistake and that the invitation had been withdrawn. I felt it was incumbent on me to explain to her Canada’s thinking behind this invitation. It was important for her to hear, directly from me, that this was a person that in the view of the government of Canada had no business being at that reception.”

Of course, “an honest mistake” isn’t the same as what Justin Trudeau had said.

As the invite became widely known, the Trudeau government sent out an “anonymous” spokesman – later revealed to be Trudeau’s national security advisor – to spread a conspiracy theory blaming India’s government for the Atwal invite.

The government couldn’t offer any proof, and when Ralph Goodale tried to defend the conspiracy idea he failed miserably.

Now that Freeland is calling the invite a “mistake,” it raises the question of why Trudeau hasn’t apologized for spreading the conspiracy theory and has refused to revok his backing of the discredited idea.

With nobody else defending it, Trudeau is still leaving the theory out there to try and protect his bruised ego, even as it damages our relationship with India. For Trudeau, his own image comes before everything else.

Spencer Fernando

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