Canada Lacks Leverage in Clash with India

In this week’s Expert Series, Vincent Rigby discusses the recent tensions between Canada and India. Rigby emphasizes that the allegations of Indian complicity in the murder of a Canadian citizen have broad strategic implications beyond the bilateral relationship. He highlights the three-dimensional chess game at play, involving Canada, India, and its allies. Rigby acknowledges Canada’s limited leverage due to India’s economic importance and its role in counterbalancing China. Rigby reflects on the impact of intelligence leaks on national security, noting the delicate balance between disclosing information and safeguarding intelligence methods. He also discusses the challenges inherent in addressing concerns about diaspora politics and extremism while upholding democratic principles and freedom of expression. Rigby underscores the importance of open dialogue in finding common ground on these complex issues.

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