Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale, who was at the committee to discuss his department's spending estimates, also declined to discuss Jean's theory, telling Conservative MPs they were veering into classified territory that he's not at liberty to discuss.
Trudeau, speaking in Barrie, Ont., said the tariff increase doesn't specifically target Canada, and that he had productive discussions with Modi on increasing the predictability of future tariffs as well as on pest treatment issues with shipments to India.
The official Opposition is pointing to India's decision to raise tariffs on chickpeas as the latest evidence that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent trip to that country ended up doing more harm than good. He accused the previous Conservative government of using the public service for partisan ends, saying "they torqued the public service every possible way they could".
Trudeau was on a week-long State visit to India from February 18 to 24.
Meanwhile, Canadian officials are struggling to contain the escalating diplomatic incident after a national security official briefed reporters travelling with the Canadian delegation on Atwal's invitation during a media backgrounder organized by the PMO while in India.
Meanwhile, Liberal MP Randeep Sarai has announced that he will stepping down as caucus chair. "I can not do that", he said. "I just forwarded the names that I received.I should have searched the names up and done my due diligence better". An invitation to him to another dinner reception in New Delhi two days later was rescinded after a furore. A columnist with the Ottawa Citizen has said that during the reception at the Canadian High Commissioner's residence in New Delhi, a map of India was displayed, but the entire state of Jammu and Kashmir was omitted. Trudeau told reporters in India Atwal "should never have been invited".
In a major gaffe, a map of India displayed at the Canadian High Commission dinner reception during Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's visit here omitted Jammu and Kashmir. The invitation was later withdrawn.
New Democrat MP Charlie Angus asserted that Atwal - who has been photographed over the years posing with various Liberal MPs, ministers and leaders, including Trudeau himself - turned up on the trip because his presence was "useful" to local Liberals back in Canada. Sarai had taken responsibility for the invite to Atwal.
The Conservatives later identified the official who put out this theory as Trudeau's national security adviser Daniel Jean. Canadian opposition leader Andrew Scheer asked Trudeau in Parliament, CBC reported. Even as India kept blaming Trudeau for pandering Sikh separatists, the Indian government gave visa to a former Sikh separatist Jaspal Singh Atwal and removed many other names from its blacklist of Sikh activists living overseas.