Public Security Secretary Ralph Goodale said on Friday that his officials are reviewing the language they use to characterize the terrorist threat when they are criticized for a report stating that Canada is at risk of sectarian extremism.
Some of these envy cases came from their congress, as the Liberal MP urged to remove Finland's alleged Sikh violence from the Canadian Terrorist Threat Report of the Public Security Committee.
Goodale stopped hoping for such an action, but pointed out that some of the wording of the report might have been mistaken. He said that government officials did not intend to question the Shi'i or any other religious or ethnic group.
"But words are important and relevant," said the minister after speaking to Toronto. "Therefore, I have invited my officials and others with whom they work, right across Canada, to test the descriptors used in connection with terrorism and extremism and violence to make sure these descriptors are appropriate and correct.
"We need to be careful about the language."
Randeep Sarah, a Liberal MP earlier on Friday, took an unusual step by calling for the Sikh terrorist reference to be withdrawn from the annual report, stating that there is no evidence that such a threat exists in Canada, and that its mention undeservedly plagues a peaceful, 600,000-strong community.
B.C.'s Surrey Center Traveler wrote a letter to Goodale after a two-day emotional reaction to a document from a politically important Sikh community.
Opposition Conservatives and NAP have also disputed the reference.
Sarah says he has reviewed the document in detail and could not find any evidence to justify the inclusion of Sikh extremism as one of the terrorist threats faced by that country.
The reference only refers to the bombing of Air India in 1985, the worst terrorist attack in Canada – and restores a dark period for the public, he writes for Goodale.
"Since 1985, when I was 10 years old, I have seen how Sikh extremists were to be stigmatized in Pikes in Canada," says Sarah. "The students were mocked, people were laid off … Finally, after 30 years, these words stopped being the headlines of our newspapers, and the Sikh Canadians were considered simply as Canadians, regardless of their heads."
He calls on Goodale to "remove from the report immediately the title" Sikh (Khalistani) extremism "and continue to say that it should be changed so that no group, Sikh or other religious or ethnic origin in such a sensitive report will be mentioned in the future.
The relevant document is the Canadian Public Report on National Terrorism Threats. The section on current dangers lists "doglike Islamic extremism" and "right extremism", followed by "sikh (Khalistani) extremism". In previous years, Sikh extremism was not mentioned.
The 2018 report states that, although the violent acts of the Sikh Khilistan, independent in India since the 1980's, when the terrorists carried out an Air India bombing, killing 331 people, "support for the extreme ideologies of such groups remains, for example, in Canada has identified two major Sikh organizations, the Babbar Khalsa International and the International Sikh Youth Federation, which are linked to terrorism and continue to list terrorist organizations in accordance with the Penal Code. "
However, Shāreja this week added her voice to many Sikh leaders who said that legal action to support the separatist struggle is by no means a threat or a sign of the onset of terrorism.
"If it does not lead to hatred or violence, people have every right to believe in different ideologies or movements," MP wrote.
"We must bring terrorism, no matter where it occurs, including recent attacks from far-right, targeting Toronto and Muslim women in QC," Sarah said.
A new Democratic leader, Jagmeen Singh, from Sikh's backdrop on Thursday, told Twitter that every type of terrorism, including Toronto, is targeting precise targeting of women and Muslim Quebec city.
"The Liberal Public Safety Report does not do this, but it destroys the fear of any evidence of the Sikh community that is dangerous and wrong," he said, referring to the lack of a report on the Toronto Van attack and the commemoration of the Quebec mosque in the murder
The government should quickly come up with detailed explanations of how Sikh's extremism was included as a potential threat, or to reformulate the report, said Matthew Dube, NDP's public security critic.
"If something comes from nowhere, if there has not been a special act of violence that has led to such identification, this, of course, raises a few issues and I think the government should be sensitive to it," he said in an interview.
Conservative MP Garnett Genius also urged the government to provide more information to justify the report.
"References to" sikh extremism "or other" extremists "without context or evidence are an irresponsible way for the government to contact a sensitive issue," he said in Twitter.
(Story updated 12:10 including NDP and Conservative comments; Updated at 3:55 to include Goodale's comments.)