SURREY: Thousands of Surreyites including Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal’s mother are believed to be stranded in India under the country’s COVID-19 lockdown.
On March 25, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi imposed a total lockdown on the country in an attempt to thwart coronavirus from spreading among people.
People in India are banned from venturing outside their homes.
Surrey MP’s Mom Stranded
Surrey-Newton Liberal MP Sukh Dhaliwal’s 80-year-old mother is among those Surreyites now in India, under curfew.
Dhaliwal said he, too, is putting pressure on Champagne.
Sukh Dhaliwal said that the federal government is trying to negotiate with India to open up its airspace for those who are stranded in the country.
We will continue to work on potential options. I have spoken with my counterpart @DrSJainshankar to discuss the situation.We will remain in close touch with relevant authorities. — François-Philippe Champagne (FPC) 🇨🇦 (@FP_Champagne) March 25, 2020
The MP said his mother is booked to return to Canada on May 4.
“Basically I hope she stays safe there. And that’s the choice she made; she made a choice to stay there and I’m sure she will be able to come back safely, and that’s what it is,” Dhaliwal said.
Every year in spring, thousands of Canadians head to India to visit family and friends, often staying for a month at a time, most typically in the Punjab region.
@JustinTrudeau @CanadianPM @canadaembassy My return flight from Mumbai to Toronto has been canceled three times now and I am stuck in India. Please help me to return back to Toronto. Canadian Consulate in Mumbai is not responding.— i am Kat (@kalyaanithatte) March 17, 2020
Dear @FP_Champagne Thanks for your message. It is extremely difficult situation presently staying in India under lock down condition. I am with my mother (76 years old) got stuck and all flights keep cancelling. Please help us getting back to Canada. Thank you https://t.co/MTi4wnogOf— Shetul Patel (@ShetulPatel5) March 26, 2020
@artistrimakeup I had already signed the petition along with my relatives. I am stuck in India along with my mom who is 80 years old. My wife and kids are in Canada and are Canadian citizens. Me and my mom are Permanent Residents.— Prabhdeep Virk (@PrabhdeepVirk1) March 26, 2020
More than 15,000 Canadian passport holders are currently registered with Global Affairs Canada as being in India, according to the federal government.
The government has not specified how many of those people want to return to Canada.