Justin Trudeau has furiously denied allegations he recently flew to India on a plane “full of cocaine” and that he didn’t leave his hotel room for two days when he landed in the country.
Former Indian diplomat Deepak Vohra made extraordinary claims against the Canada’s Prime Minister during a TV interview on Monday.
He told the Indian television network Zee News: “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’s office has furiously dismissed the allegations, telling the Toronto Sun in a statement: “This is absolutely false and a troubling example of how disinformation can make its way into media reporting.”
According to the Canadian daily newspapers, Vohra was also quoted as saying in his TV interview: “My wife saw him at the Delhi airport and said that Trudeau looked depressed and stressed.
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In March, Narendra Modi’s government summoned the Canadian high commissioner in New Delhi to complain about Sikh independence protests in Canada.
The apparent frosty tensions between Trudeau and Modi were seemingly apparent at the G20 summit in India earlier this month and a few days later, Canada canceled a planned trade mission to India.
This row comes with Trudeau apologising for the Canadian parliament’s recognition of a man who fought alongside the Nazis in World War II.
Yaroslav Hunka fought for the First Ukrainian Division – also known as the Waffen-SS Galicia Division, or the SS 14th Waffen Division – a voluntary unit that was under the command of the Nazis and fought against Russia.
The 98-year-old was welcomed to the Canadian parliament during Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky’s visit to Ottawa last Friday.
He was invited by House Speaker Anthony Rota – who has since apologised for the error. It is believed Trudeau and Zelensky were both unaware of Hunka’s history.
In a televised address, the Canadian Prime minister said: “This is a mistake that deeply embarrassed Parliament and Canada.
“It was a horrendous violation of the memory of the millions of people who died in the Holocaust and it was deeply, deeply painful for Jewish people.”