Canada Walks the Tightrope on Sikh Refugee

January 25, 2008

Author: Bal Krishna

Source: Rediff

With the controversy over a failed Indian refugee claimant intensifying, the Canadian government is facing a tough time proceeding with his deportation due to opposition from the Sikh community ahead of the election.

Battle-lines seem to be getting clearly drawn on one Laibar Singh, a failed refugee claimant, who came to Canada [Images] on a fake Indian passport and continues to be an unwelcome guest in the country.

While the Sikh community has made it clear that they will do virtually anything to prevent deportation of Singh back to India, opposition has come from the government and some sections of the media, which does not want Canada to become 'a magnet for the world's tired and hungry masses.'