In the midst of an ongoing diplomatic standoff with India, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau extended warm Navratri wishes. In a press release, Trudeau emphasized the significance of Navratri as a sacred Hindu festival representing the triumph of good over evil and the celebration of feminine energy. He highlighted the value of the diverse cultural contributions in Canada and urged Canadians to explore Hindu traditions.
Diplomatic tensions first arose on September 18 when Trudeau asserted that his government was actively investigating allegations linking Indian government agents to the assassination of a Khalistan Tiger Force leader, a claim India dismissed as unfounded. This dispute resulted in the expulsion of diplomats and the suspension of visa services between the two nations.