Ottawa (February 17, 2021): Tejinder Singh Sidhu, President of the World Sikh Organization of Canada, issued the following statement in reaction to to comments made by MP Ramesh Sangha today in the House of Commons accusing his Sikh colleagues of ‘pandering’ to extremists:
“We are deeply disappointed by MP Sangha’s comments today. Sikhs across Canada had called for the removal of the term 'Sikh (Khalistani) Extremism)' from the 2018 Public Safety Terror Report as it stigmatized and slandered the community. To suggest that those who wanted this offensive terminology removed are ‘extremists’ is ridiculous. These remarks show once again that Mr. Sangha is determined to parrot false Indian narratives aimed at marginalizing the Sikh community rather than advocating on behalf of his Canadian constituents.”
The World Sikh Organization of Canada (WSO) is a non-profit organization with a mandate to promote and protect the interests of Canadian Sikhs, as well as to promote and advocate for the protection of human rights for all individuals.