The Air India Inquiry – November 21, 2007 (Part 1 of 2)

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The Air India Inquiry – November 21, 2007 (Part 1 of 2)

Commission of Inquiry into the Investigation of the Bombing of Air India Flight 182

Witnesses: Ujjal Dosanjh, Kent Roach

Ujjal Dosanjh (Member of Parliament for Vancouver South) makes opening remarks and proceeds to testify under direct examination by Commission Counsel Anil Kapoor. Mr. Kapoor asks Mr. Dosanjh about his personal experience in the Indo-Canadian community in Vancouver, British Columbia in 1984-85. Mr. Dosanjh discusses what he calls hate-mongering in the ethnic press in Canada in the early 1980s and describes escalating violence in the Sikh and Indo-Canadian community in Canada during that time period. He also recalls his own sense in the early 1980s, along with that of other Indo-Canadians, of having being abandoned by Canada’s political institutions and police agencies. Jacques Shore (Counsel for the Air India Victims’ Families Association) cross-examines Mr. Dosanjh, asking about the sense of abandonment described by Mr. Dosanjh. Soma Ray-Ellis (Counsel for Air India) and Barney Brucker (Counsel for the Attorney General of Canada) cross-examine Mr. Dosanjh. Kent Roach (University of Toronto Faculty of Law) testifies under direct examination by Commission Counsel Mark J. Freiman. Mr. Freiman asks about Mr. Roach’s work on anti-terrorism law and policy, focusing on the relationship between intelligence and evidence as they pertain to the investigation of terrorist activities.