Canadian Parliament Condemns Sikh Extremism

Jan 6, 2005
Metro-Vancouver, B.C., Canada

Canadian parliament condemns Sikh extremism

Toronto, April 29 : In yet another warning to pro-Khalistan elements, the Canadian parliament Wednesday passed a resolution condemning threats by radicals to top Indo-Canadian leader and former health minister Ujjal Dosanjh.

A moderate Sikh who became premier of Canada's British Columbia province in 2000,Dosanjh has been a staunch opponent of radical Sikhs in Canada since the 1980s when the pro-Khalistan movement was at its peak in India and Canada.

Two weeks ago, Sikh hardliners warned Dosanjh against attending a Vaisakhi parade in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey. The threat led to outrage among Indo-Canadians and condemnation by Canadian leaders and the media.

After that incident, death threats against him appeared on Facebook.

The Canadian parliament passed a motion in support of the Indo-Canadian leader Wednesday. Passing the motion unanimously, the House said all its members "stand united in condemning any form of extremism that incites violence in Canadian society, and re-affirm the rights of elected officials to freely express their views without fear of personal intimidation.''

Thanking the House, Dosanjh said, "I want to express my sincerest appreciation for the unanimous support of all my colleagues in the House of Commons in what is a very difficult situation for my family and I.

"This expression of support from parliamentarians of all political parties reaffirms individual rights, including those of the public officials to freely express themselves without fear of threats, intimidation, or violence.''

The House resolution condemning Sikh hardliners comes two days after the Canadian government said that Sikh violence will not tolerated.

Making the statement in the House Monday, Indian-origin parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs Deepak Obhrai had said that his government "strongly condemns the recent threats of violence made by extremists within the Canadian Sikh community.

This is unacceptable.''

Canada is home more about half a million Sikhs, with a very minute section of the community still supporting demand for a independent Sikh nation called Khalistan.




Sikh Extremism on the Rise in Canada, Says Terrorism Expert

By Joan Delaney
Epoch Times Staff
Created: Apr 28, 2010 Last Updated: Apr 28, 2010

A terrorism expert says Facebook threats directed at Liberal MP Ujjal Dosanjh come as no surprise because both the nature and number of threats by Sikh extremists is increasing in Canada.

"We are facing a more sophisticated series of groups determined to undermine the institutions of the Government of Canada while advancing their own cause and doing extensive fundraising at the same time," says Tom Quiggin, a senior researcher with the Canadian Centre of Intelligence and Security Studies at Carleton University.

Quiggin, a court expert on terrorism and intelligence sourcing, says that while Sikh extremism died down after the 1985 Air India bombing that killed 329 people, most of them Canadian, it has gained momentum in recent years.

A Facebook group called "Ujjal Dosanjh is a Sikh Traitor" said the former B.C. premier is a "rat in our midst" and threatened to "pierce him with bullets." One posting urged, "Someone shoot him ASAP."

The RCMP is investigating.

The threats appeared days after a Sikh parade in the Vancouver suburb of Surrey on April 18 which included a float displaying images of the leaders of banned terrorist organizations—something Dosanjh had criticized.

Controversy around the parade heightened when Dosanjh, an outspoken opponent of Sikh extremism, and provincial MLA Dave Hayer were told by an organizer that if they wanted to attend the event they would have to bring their own security.

The veiled threat sparked outrage and Dosanjh and Hayer—both Sikhs—along with Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts lodged complaints with the RCMP. B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell and Liberal Leader Michael Ignattieff boycotted the event, said to be the largest Vaisikhi celebration outside India.

"The targeting of Mr. Dosanjh is not accidental. Besides being an outspoken individual, he is also a public figure," Quiggin says.

Dosanjh has been threatened multiple times—always after speaking out against extremism. He was badly beaten in 1985 and has also had his property attacked.

Canadian Sikh journalist Tara Singh Hayer was crippled in a vicious attack and then later murdered in Vancouver in 1997 for speaking out against Sikh radicals.

"Those who organized his murder have never been caught and still walk freely amongst us. They are beyond the reach of the law," Quiggin says, adding that Canada has not been very effective in curbing the activity of extremist groups.

The International Sikh Youth Federation is a banned terrorist organization in Canada, yet continues to operate freely, he says. Others such as Babbar Khalsa International, the Khalistan Commando Force, and the Khalistan Zindabad Force remain active.

"Up to the last few years, Canada has done little to confront such organizations," Quiggin says.

Since the Facebook threats, Dosanjh has said that the rise of extremism can be blamed in part on political correctness and Canada’s polite brand of multiculturalism that tacitly allows it.

"I think what we are doing to this country is that this idea of multiculturalism has been completely distorted, turned on its head to essentially claim that anything anyone believes—no matter how ridiculous and outrageous it might be—is okay and acceptable in the name of diversity," he told the Globe and Mail.

The issue of growing support by Canadian Sikhs for militants in Punjab was raised when Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Prime Minister Stephen Harper met at last month’s nuclear summit in Washington, D.C.

Singh, a Sikh, told Harper that India had "continuing concerns" over the activities of terrorist organizations. Harper is taking the issue seriously, according to the Globe.

Quiggin says Ottawa needs to develop a made-in-Canada solution to the issue of foreign groups who establish themselves in the country "with the intent of undermining Canadian values and using these organizations to shape Canadian policy."

He hopes this and related concerns will come up for discussion when the Air India report is released in June—the 25th anniversary of the Air India bombing.


Jun 1, 2004
What a Shame! All the great work painstakingly done by the mainstream Sikhs has gone down the drain in a few days due to a handful nutter heads... As i said who-so-ever does and support such acts of terrorism should be deported to their native countries in an overnight cargo. :angrymunda:
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Tejwant Singh

Jun 30, 2004
Henderson, NV.
Aman ji,

Guru Fateh.

I agree with you. All the criminals who put any community, state or country into danger should be caught and prosecuted to the maximum allowed by the law which would also be a good lesson for the potential ones as well.

But the interesting part is that the Crown has not been able to find either the killer/s of Tara Singh Hayer nor the bomber/s of Kanishka. One wonders what is wrong with the Canadian justice system!

As, they have not done their jobs then they start concocting false rumours about Sikh extremism on the rise just to create divisions in the Sikh community and the politicians like Dosanjh, Hayer and others of Indian origins are the main culprits. Rather than demanding from their Justice Department to find the culprits, they are good with the political slogans only, it seems

Let's take their words as being truthful for the sake of this argument. If Sikh extremism were up, then where are the arrests? Who are these extremists? Why aren't they caught and put to justice as many Muslim extremists are in the US? Infact some are being tried now and some have already pleaded guilty and these people are American Citizens.

It is wonderful for some wonderful Canadians to copy and paste the news but it is their duty as citizens to demand these things and give their opinions rather than being robotic. Sikhi demands that from them.


Tejwant Singh
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