February 23, 2018 2:18 pm

Conservatives call for emergency review after attempted murderer attended Trudeau reception

WATCH: There are big questions surrounding how a convicted attempted murderer ended up invited for dinner with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in India.

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The official Opposition is calling for an emergency committee meeting about how a man convicted of attempted murder wound up at a prime ministerial event in India.

Conservative public safety critic Pierre Paul-Hus wants the House of Commons committee on national security to review the Privy Council Office’s screening practices following Jaspal Atwal’s attendance at a reception this week.

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Atwal was convicted of attempting to kill Indian cabinet minister Malkiat Singh Sidhu on Vancouver Island in 1986.

He was also charged, but not convicted, in connection with a 1985 attack on Ujjal Dosanjh, a staunch opponent of the Sikh separatist movement, who later became B.C. premier and a federal Liberal cabinet minister

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Trudeau’s office says Atwal’s invitation to a party in New Delhi was a mistake and was rescinded as soon as his name was discovered on the guest list.

However, Atwal showed up at a reception earlier in the week in Mumbai and was photographed with Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, the prime minister’s wife.

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