Well um right now um the focus for Canada is to uh let the work of the investigation proceed and uh and that’s really important because um and you’ve heard my you’ve heard me and and the government talk about how important it is that uh that that investigation
Happens given that we had a Canadian um you know Canadian killed on Canadian soil so we’ll let uh we’ll let that happen um I’ve said to Canadian businesses uh that it’s um that that while um you know they are continuing to do business in India and uh and and my
Job as the trade minister is to make sure that the that the supports and the tools that are there to support Canadian businesses and investors in India continue to be available to them so that’s what we’re doing uh for now so hold up you’re confirming the linkage between stepping back from the trade
Talks and the ongo no no uh what I said was that um that our focus is of course on this investigation uh that work has to uh take place and for Canadian businesses what I’ve said to them just to reassure them because uh they expect that of their governments that uh that
The tools that are available to them as they continue to do business and to invest and to make investments or to attract investment that that the services of the Canadian government continue to be there for them
International Trade Minister Mary Ng said in San Francisco, Calif., on Wednesday that Canada’s “focus” is investigating the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar while trade talks with India remain on ice. Ng told reporters at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ summit that she’s reassured Canadians doing business in India will continue to have Ottawa’s support.
“Right now, the focus for Canada is to let the work of the investigation proceed. That’s really important because you’ve heard me and the government talk about how important it is that that investigation happens, given that we had a Canadian killed on Canadian soil,” she said.
“Canadian businesses… are continuing to do business in India and my job as the trade minister is to make sure that the supports and the tools that are there to support Canadian businesses and investors in India continue to be available to them, so that’s what we’re doing for now.”
Canada’s relations with India have soured in the wake of a public allegation by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Sept. 18 that Ottawa had “credible evidence” that agents of the Indian government may have been involved in Nijjar’s death. The Canadian-Sikh advocate was gunned down outside his gurdwara in Surrey, B.C., in June.
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