Last Updated: September 22, 2023, 15:23 IST
Law and order in places like Surrey in Canada’s British Columbia, where firing has become a regular incident, has become a pricking issue since Justin Trudeau held the charge, sources tell News18.
The police are mute spectators to the incidents of violence as they are facing backlogs, and recruitment has stopped due to the shortage of money, sources added.
According to the CBC report, in Hamilton, the police say some 1,900 applied to the service in 2020, but in 2022, only over 1,000 filled in. The drop is causing concern over the quality of applicants and the posts, which will become empty once the officers retire.
In Surrey, the police department needs 1,500 recruits, but has only 500-600 officers, the sources reveal.
At present, the Canada Bank Rate is at a high of 5.25% compared to 3.50% last year. Rentals have gone four times up to more than $2,300 due to the Ukraine war.
Canada has provided more than $6 billion to Ukraine in what Trudeau calls the “highest per-capita direct financial support” to the war-torn country in the G7 industrial countries.
More than 1,75,000 Ukrainians have come to Canada since the war broke out, and an additional 7,00,000 have received approval to be part of the initiative that supports temporary relocation. The initiative allows open work permit for three years with pathways for permanent residency and citizenship.
Amid the escalating diplomatic tussle between Canada and India after Trudeau claimed India’s involvement in the killing of Khalistani separatist leader Hardeep Singh Nijjar on June 18 in Surrey, both countries have issued travel advisories, expelled their diplomats.
India on Thursday demanded that Canada come true on the accusations against Indian intelligence agencies.
Meanwhile, the Canadian authorities have so far not taken any action against ‘Sikh for Justice’ (SFJ) leader Gurpatwant Singh Pannu for provoking Sikhs and threatening Hindus and Indian diplomats in Canada in a video.