Celebrations on Independence Day were held at the Indian embassies in Canada.

Calgary celebrated its first formal Independence Day celebrations this year. The Premier of Alberta, Danielle Smith, who is akin to a chief minister, attended the gathering.

India’s diplomatic posts in Canada hosted Independence Day festivities, and pro-Khalistan demonstrators demonstrated in front of the Vancouver consulate.

On Tuesday afternoon, a number of protesters gathered outside the Consulate, and an Indian flag was set on fire even though there were obviously increased security measures in place. The festivities at the Consulate, including the customary flag-hoisting ceremony that had taken place earlier in the morning, were not interfered with, though.

Even though a large number of members of the diaspora community congregated at the locations, there was little impact in Ottawa or in front of the Consulate in Toronto.

Personal security was also given to India’s envoys in Canada during the recent Khalistani group protests before Independence Day.

First-time official festivities were conducted in Calgary, Alberta, and Manish, India’s consul general in Vancouver, flew there especially for the occasion. Danielle Smith, the premier of Alberta, attended the festivities and spoke to an audience of Indo-Canadians.

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) of Canada released a statement from Justin Trudeau in which he referred to India as “a key partnership for Canada in the advancement of our common principles of democracy, pluralism, and progress.”

“We are dedicated to advancing this illustrious tradition of collaboration, including during India’s year-long leadership of the G20. We will continue to cooperate to uphold the rules-based international order, advance multilateralism, and expand our economic ties to the benefit of people in both of our countries as well as the region as a whole as Canada expands its influence in the area under its Indo-Pacific Strategy, it said.

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