CANADA has denied the rumours that prime minister Justin Trudeau’s aircraft “was full of cocaine” during his trip to India for the recent G20 summit.
The comment from his office follows a former Indian diplomat’s claim that “credible rumours” suggested Trudeau flew to New Delhi with the drug, banned in many countries, including India and Canada.
“This (is) absolutely false and a troubling example of how disinformation can make its way into media reporting,” Trudeau’s office said in a statement reported by the Toronto Sun.
Deepak Vohra, who was the Indian ambassador to Sudan, Poland and Armenia, said on the Indian channel Zee News on Monday (25): “When Justin Trudeau came to India for the G20 this month, his plane was full of cocaine… He did not come out of his room for two days.”
Trudeau was stranded in Delhi for two days after the summit due to a technical snag in his aircraft.
“My wife saw him at the Delhi airport and said that Trudeau looked depressed and stressed,” Vohra said.
“We don’t know the reason. I don’t know the reality, but social media and some ‘credible rumours’ suggest that his plane was full of cocaine.”
Trudeau “has become lonely”, Vohra said, adding, “he is now trying to show that he is a Canadian Rambo and nothing can go wrong in his presence.”
The former diplomat also justified India’s action to suspend visa services in Canada.
His came after Trudeau’s allegation that Indian agents might be involved in the killing of Sikh separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
“Over the past number of weeks Canadian security agencies have been actively pursuing credible allegations of a potential link between agents of the government of India and the killing of a Canadian citizen, Hardeep Singh Nijjar,” Trudeau said earlier this month.
While New Delhi dismissed the allegations as “absurd”, Ottawa has sought India’s cooperation to investigate the murder.
Nijjar was shot dead in the parking lot of a Sikh temple in British Columbia on June 18.