Public Protection Minister Ralph Goodale said he would be officers to review the use of words such as Sikh, Sunni and Shia to describe terrorist threats, after a report suggesting that Canada once again in A risk of Sikh extremism has triggered serious criticism.
It seems that his promise did not do much to calm the anger, however, as the main national organization of the Sikhs called after for each of the 20 MPs and one parliamentary senate to resign over the matter.
Some brush sprayed in Goodale's caucus, as a Liberal back keeper told the talk of the potential Sikh violence to be completely eliminated from the Canadian Public Security terrorist threat report.
The minister failed to agree to do so, although it might be necessary to tweaking some of the language of the report. Government officials did not mean to skeleze Sikhs or any other religious or ethnic group, he said.
"But words are important and precise," said Goodale after a speech in Toronto. "So I have invited my officials and the other people with whom they work across Canada to explore the descriptions used in relation to terrorism and extremism and violence to ensure that those descriptors & appropriately and appropriately.
In a statement released later, he specifically mentioned the adjectives Sikh, Sunni and Shia – the last two were the two main branches of Islam – used to designate classes of terrorism.
He was not impressed by the Canadian Sikh Association, calling for every senator of the religion to step down.
"The Canadian Sikhs have suffered a lot of pain by being constantly reminded that they do not belong," said the group in a news release, and it should not be labeled as extremists.
Earlier on Friday, Randeep Sarai Liberal MP called that the Sikh extremist reference of the annual report should be referred, saying that there is no evidence that such a threat exists in Canada and that it is unfairly impelled a peaceful community, 600,000 or strong.
The member for B.C's Surrey Center riding his application in a letter to Goodale after two days of emotional response to the document of the important political Sikh community.
The Opposition Conservatives and the NDP have also questioned the address.
Sarai – who attracted himself a debate when he was convicted of the Sikh terrorism on the First Minister's February trip to India – saying he could not find any evidence in the document to justify the piece.
The quote refers to Air India's bombing of 1985 – the worst terrorist assault of Canada – and resurrecting the community, wrote to Goodale.
"Since 1985, when I was 10 years old, I've seen how Sikhs in Canada have had to wear a stigma Sikh extremist," said Sara, who was wearing a turban. "Finally, after 30 years, these words gave us the best to be headlines on our newspapers, and Sikh Canadians were seen simply as Canadians, whatever they were on their heads."
A section of the Canadian Public Protection annual report on the threats of the country's terrorism lists "Islamic extremism of Sunni" and "extremity of the right wing" followed by extremism "Sikh (Khalistani)". Sikh extremism was not mentioned in previous years.
The report states that while violent activities to support an independent Sikh homeland (Khalistan) in India have dropped since the 1980s when terrorists had hiding Air India's flight, killing 331 people, "there is support for extreme group ideologies of such kind continues. For example, in Canada, it was noted that two key Sikh organizations, Babbar Khalsa International and the Sikh International Youth Federation, were allied to terrorism and remain a listed terrorist entity under the Criminal Code. "
Sarai added his voice to many Sikh leaders this week, who said that legal action to support the disaffective cause was not a threat or a similarity to violence.
The MP resigned earlier this year as chairman of the Liberals' champion of the Pacific Ocean and apologized after inviting Jaspal Atwal – a former member of an illegal Sikh divisional group who was convicted of attempting to murder an Indian cabinet minister and accused of attacking B.C. Ujjal Dosanjh politician, to join the Indian Trudeau tour in India's bungled this year.
Not all Canadian Sikhs share Sarai's objections to the report.
It does not offend me
The Ontario journalist, Balraj Deol, a prominent critic of the Khalistani movement, noted that "martyr" portraits of Sikh terrorists, including suspected Air India, continue to hang in Sikh temples and appear in palaces. The Public Protection report did not deteriorate the whole community, it's just extremists, he said.
"It's not my offending, I do not offend many people I talk to," he said.
A report from the Senedd national security and defense committee, 2015, also noted the portraits of the Sikh martyr, and proposed a new law to ban "excavate terrorism."
But Wesley Wark, a national security teacher and visiting teacher at the University of Ottawa said he was "a bit surprised" to see the Sikh's extreme direction, stating both groups that the quoted authors have not been active here for years.
The suggestion of a continuation of past terrorism to the present "does not call me so accurate," he said.
Leader of the New Democrats, Jagmeet Singh, said in Tweet that the report highlights the Sikh community with no evidence, "which is dangerous and wrong."
Conservative MP Garnett Genuis also urged the government to provide more information to justify the report, saying that lack of evidence or context is an irresponsible way to discuss a sensitive issue.
(Story 12:10 was updated to include comments from the NDP and the Conservatives; updated at 3:55 to include Goodale comments; updated at 4:30 to include role Sarai at Jaspal Atwal affair.)