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Liberals’ murky messaging to Sikh supporters may harm support among Indo-Canadian voters, say India trip observers

By Samantha Wright Allen      

The Liberal Party has strong support from the Indo-Canadian community, with the most MPs of Indian descent, and having won 27 of the 28 ridings with sizable South Asian populations.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau finished his weeklong trip to India on Feb. 24 amid a furor of criticism after Jaspal Atwal, who was convicted of trying to assassinate an Indian cabinet minister in Canada, made Mr. Trudeau's guest list for events during the trip. Photograph courtesy of Justin Trudeau Twitter
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The prime minister’s trip to India reveals an undercooked Liberal approach to Sikh separatists that has the party trying to court all sides to shore up political support among the Indo-Canadians who helped win them a majority—a move that could ultimately cost them votes from the community in 2019, say observers. Extremists represent a small portion of the Sikh community, but for too long, the Liberals have tried to keep all groups—including those with extremist sympathies—happy, said Anita Singh,

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