“Our feeling is that a suspension should never have happened in the first place,” he was quoted as saying by CTV News.
He said the “really concerning diplomatic situation with India has created a lot of fear in a lot of communities.” Emergency Preparedness Minister Harjit Sajjan, who is also a Sikh, said the resumption of visa processing is good news, but wouldn’t speculate on what message New Delhi is trying to send.
“It’s good to see that they have resumed that. It would have been nice (if) they didn’t take it in the first place,” Sajjan told reporters.
He said it was important that Indians and Canadians can go back and forth when it comes to events like weddings and funerals.
He added that Ottawa is still seeking India’s help as police investigate the killing of Hardeep Singh Nijjar.
India will resume services for entry visas, business visas, medical visas and conference visas.