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e-4501 (Justice)

Initiated by Gurmeet Toor from Surrey, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • On June 18, 2023, a prominent member of the Canadian Sikh community, Hardeep Singh Nijjar, was shot dead outside Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara, Surrey, BC;
  • Nijjar was an upright, god fearing, law abiding and peaceful member of the Canadian Sikh community with no involvement in any criminal activity, he served his community with dedication and tirelessly as President of Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara and Chief Coordinator of Canadian Chapter of Global Khalistan Referendum;
  • Nijjar's assassination has not only caused irreparable loss to the Sikh community but it has also raised serious concerns which warrant immediate and utmost attention of the Canadian Government at the highest level; and
  • This matter needs to be investigated thoroughly in order to ensure the safety of all Canadians.
We, the undersigned, members of Canadian Sikh community of British Columbia, call upon the Government of Canada to launch an investigation to get to the bottom of Nijjar's murder, to unveil the real motive and hands behind this gruesome murder, and to address the very serious allegation reported by the Toronto Star and the Vancouver Sun, which comes just a few weeks after the National Security Advisor to the Prime Minister described India as one of the top sources of the foreign interference targeting Canadians.

Response by the Minister of Public Safety, Democratic Institutions and Intergovernmental Affairs

Signed by (Minister or Parliamentary Secretary): JENNIFER O’CONNELL, M.P.

The Prime Minister was unequivocal that any involvement of a foreign government in the killing of a Canadian citizen on Canadian soil is an unacceptable violation of Canadian sovereignty.

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) is committed to safeguarding Canada and Canadians from foreign interference, including from state-backed and state-directed threat and criminal actors targeting Canadians. 

The RCMP has an active and ongoing investigation into the homicide of Hardeep Singh Nijjar in Surrey, BC, therefore, no further comment on the investigation will be provided. This investigation remains a priority for the Integrated Homicide Investigative Team. They have and will continue to work closely with local, provincial and national police agencies and partners to advance this investigation.

The RCMP actively leverages all tools at its disposal to combat foreign interference. The RCMP has strong relationships with security and intelligence communities and law enforcement agencies domestically and around the world and, work closely with Five Eyes partners to respond to and maintain situational awareness of all threats to national security.

The RCMP wants to assure the Canadian Sikh community and all Canadians that this Government has taken measures to ensure that Canada is clear with respect to its expectations on the rule of law, and the protection of its citizens. 

Open for signature
July 4, 2023, at 9:45 a.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
August 3, 2023, at 9:45 a.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Sukh Dhaliwal (Surrey—Newton)
September 19, 2023 (Petition No. 441-01615)
Government response tabled
November 2, 2023
Photo - Sukh Dhaliwal
Liberal Caucus
British Columbia