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Canada Fury At Sri Lanka Choice For Commonwealth Talks

John Baird

Canada is “appalled” that Sri Lanka has been chosen to host the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in November, its foreign minister says.

John Baird said Sri Lanka had failed in the fundamental Commonwealth values of “freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law and good governance”.

Sri Lanka dismissed Canada’s objections, saying Commonwealth members had agreed the summit could go ahead.

John Baird

John Baird

Sri Lanka’s army defeated Tamil rebels after a brutal 26-year war in 2009.

The entire conflict left at least 100,000 people dead.

Both sides were accused of human rights abuses throughout the conflict, with much focus on what happened in its final stages, when thousands of civilians were trapped in a thin strip of land in the north of Sri Lanka as fighting raged around them.

Estimates of civilian deaths in the final months range widely from 9,000 to 75,000.

‘Disruptive elements’

Mr Baird told the BBC’s Newshour: “Canada finds it appalling that the government in Colombo would be given the honour and the privilege and responsibility of hosting Commonwealth leaders.

“The Commonwealth has fundamental values of freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, good governance and the government in Colombo has failed in all of those respects.”

He said there had been “little, if any, accountability since the war ended”.

Mr Baird said: “We’ve seen no meaningful attempt at reconciliation with the Tamil population. If anything it’s getting worse.”

He also said there was “a growing authoritarian trend” in Sri Lanka’s governance, adding: “These are all fundamentally at odds with Commonwealth values and we don’t think Sri Lanka should be hosting the Commonwealth.”

Sri Lanka rejected Canada’s criticism.

Responding to the foreign minister’s comments, Sri Lankan cabinet spokesman and Mass Media and Information Minister Keheliya Rambukwella told the BBC: “We have dealt with this human rights issue and we feel they are very biased and very unfair.”

Foreign ministry spokesman Rodney Perera told Agence France-Presse news agency: “Canada can say anything, but the others agree with the [Commonwealth] secretary-general that the summit can go ahead in Sri Lanka. We are working on the arrangements.”

Secretary-General Kamalesh Sharma said that Sri Lanka had been discussed at a meeting in London on Friday but added: “No member of government has indicated remotely that it wishes to change the venue.”

Sri Lanka’s state-run Daily News said “disruptive elements” had tried to remove Colombo as hosts with “trumped up charges of human rights abuses”, adding: “Obviously, this move did not succeed.”

Last month the UN’s Human Rights Council passed a resolution highly critical of Sri Lanka’s record.

The resolution encouraged Sri Lanka to conduct an independent and credible investigation into alleged war crimes.

The Sri Lankan government commissioned its own investigation into the war in 2011.

Its Lessons Learnt and Reconciliation Commission (LLRC) cleared the military of allegations that it had deliberately attacked civilians. It said that there had been some violations by troops, although only at an individual level.

Courtesy BBC Asia

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    I am tired of Rajapassa. I want him gone tmrw already.

    A bit tired of this Baird as well though. He seems to be over playing his hand.

    While there is no doubt, Sri Lanka is going from bad to worse. It is hardly the only state in the world corrupted by politcs.

    Canada spares all her like minded allies from War Crimes investigations. Israel is specially protected by Canada. Apart from UK and of course USA.

    Canada is singling out Sri Lanka a little too much. Makes us suspicious. Baird seems to be very motivated to nail Sri Lanka. LTTE Canada in the guise of HR activism has done a pretty good job.

    I would not lose any sleep, if all this helps the downfall of Rajapassa.

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      Ben,
      I thought everyone is tired of his rule.
      But looking at the pictures, I feel there are still masses that support Duminda and the ilk. I cant grasp why ? I really cant – but I had not been in the country for the last 3 decades, and that could be the reason it makes me very difficult to see all these. I believe we have not had this kind of rule in the country since independence. Why all opppostion parties seem to be indifferent – is even far from undrestanding.

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        I have no doubt in my mind, all CW countries should boycott CHOGEM to be held in SL, not only Canada. Instead of proving the progress in HR issues,

        Alone murder cases like Baratha^s killing make entire world clear how serious President of SRILANKA even after recently passed UN resolution reacts.

        I am a born Sinhalese,though living outside of the country, but I would NOT allow ANYONE to support the current regime.

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          Just want to make sure Canandian support to topple Rajapassa will not be a case of “giving ginger and getting pepper”.

          Canada is heavily lobbied by cunning Ealmists, who have cleverly discarded LTTE labels. That is a fact.

          We can easily fall into a trap. Sri Lanka’s history is flled with examples. Where oursiders take undue advantage of our vulnerabilities.

          All I am asking you to do, is be critical. Do not accept everything cos’ it is free. And comes from the West. Exercise caution.

          Boycot is fine with me. But, you must wonder why Mr. Harper is so concerned. I believe they are playing a double game as well. Both with Sri Lanka and with Ealmsits in Canada. It is not just their concern for HR.

          Otherwise their solidaruty is welcome.

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    Canada can set the lead by totally boycotting the meeting.

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    Commonwealth go to hell

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    Canada can leave the Commonwealth and join what remains of the old Association of American States(AAS) or become federated with US.That is where her interest are. She can also give back Quebec to France as one of her overseas territories.

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    The Australian Government led by Julia Gillard has been supporting the Rajapassa military dictatorship in order to sustain its RACIST immigration policies.

    Australia has been funding the SL armed forces and the SL Navy (which has land grabbed huge amounts of land on the east coast from where a lot of refugees are fleeing), to prevent SL refugees going to Australia, and deporting boat people.
    What a bloody vicious foreign policy and immigration policy the racist Aussie regime has! In return for the Rajapassa military dicatroship’s navy to prevent Lankan refugees to Aussi, GIllard’s govt. is supporting the Rajapassa regime on CHOGM and the Commonwealth Circus!

    At the same time, the Australia Govt. has education fares in Colombo to get fee paying and rich Lanka student there and offers them citizenship!

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    “No member of government has indicated remotely that it wishes to change the venue.” Sharma – Head of Commonwealth of Clowns

    Why did not Canada Govt. make a formal request to shift the venue from Colombo?
    Is Canad following the Indian Tamil Nadu example of play politics with Lanka for its own voter base?

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      If they did,they would have shown the world how isolated they are on htis issue.

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    It is these type of silly politicians that the Tamils have placed their future hopes on.

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      Not Tamils.

      LTTE rump disguised as “HR defenders” put all their eggs in Baird’s basket these days.

      It is time for moderate Tamils and progressive Sinhalese to increase visibilty. In search of solutions to our common problems. Rather letting these showmen in.

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        I think you should stop criticising Rajapaksa as he is doing a good job against the so called “LTTE rump” of the Rajapaksa apologists’ scapegoat.

        As they say, if you keep repeating the same lie people will start believing it. That appears to be sadly the case with you. You seem to have fallen for the same excuses Rajapaksa is fooling the Sinhala masses with. Before the LTTE was eliminated everything bad that happened in the country was blamed on the LTTE and now everything that is bad that is happening under the Rajapaksa regime is being blamed on the so called LTTE rump. The people have been subdued by threats of violence and death by the Rajapaksa brothers and under the circumstances the people have no hope in hell of getting rid of the dictator for a very long time. Any help the people can get from outside the country to get rid of this corrupt, evil and undemocratic regime should be welcomed by the people rather than seeing an LTTE hand behind the actions of these outside helpers.

        Canada’s stand in this is very commendable and brave. Many of the Sri Lankan commentators and contributors of articles on this forum have condemned the CMAG decision and Sharma’s shameless comments at the press conference. People like Ms Pinto-Jayawardena are not LTTE supporters and they don’t see the LTTE rump as being that influential over foreign governments.

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          Just want to make sure Canandian support to topple Rajapassa will not be a case of “giving ginger and getting pepper”.

          Canada is heavily lobbied by cunning Ealmists, who have cleverly discarded LTTE labels. That is a fact.

          We can easily fall into a trap. Sri Lanka’s history is flled with examples. Where oursiders take undue advantage of our vulnerabilities.

          I have already demonstrated to you that Harper’s government is helping Israel escape war crimes. While doing the opposite in Sri Lanka. So, there are politics involved here. There is something in it for these Canadian politicians. Apart from the HR BS they utter endlessly.

          All I am asking you to do is be critical. Do not accept everything cos’ it is free. And comes from the West. Exercise caution.

          Otherwise their solidaruty is welcome.

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    Mr Baird, YOU ARE FUCKING AWESOME. I take my hat of to you if was wearing one and this was face to face. Someone who is willing to speak truth while every other shithole is happy to ignore the genocide that took place with continuing human rights violations. Thanks brother

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      Slurp slurp slurp :)

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    The Secretary General’s answers are based on the assumption that the Sri Lankan regime is honest and credible, when in fact it has proved itself to be neither. I hope the Secretary General is credible when he says that he is using his good offices to encourage Sri Lanka to achieve reconciliation and good governance. The problem however is that “encouragement” is inadequate when dealing with a regime with no credibility. Such a regime does not respond to encouragement. It will respond only to the one thing it knows and uses, coercion. Suspension accompanied by economic sanctions would be a start.

    The regrettable failure of the CMAG to place Sri Lanka on the agenda leads impartial observers to only one conclusion, that the CMAG is pampering a regime that violates the principles that are the basis of its own existence and justification. If the Commonwealth leadership is unwilling to take proper action against so blatant a violator of its principles, it no longer has any moral authority or justification to exist as a serious fraternity of nations. It might as well disband itself.

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    Even our Vermin Mervin hasn’t got a venomous shit face like this one.

    Is Scarborough in his electorate?.

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      He looks one very angry grizzly bear!

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    Mr. Baird: The Secretary General of the the Coomonwealth Association at the press briefing said “……no Member Government of the Association even “romotely” said that the venue must be changed”

    WHAT DO YOU HAVE TO SAY TO THIS STATEMENT?

    So speak the truth. Please do not try to show off with your “fighting spirit” in issuing press statements.

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    This is Canada’s outward show for VOTES.
    What HR do they practice…………

    Sharma has let the Canadian CAT out of the bag to say what happened on the inside.
    Quote “no Member Government of the Association even “romotely” said that the venue must be changed”

    APOLOGIES : “At the material time Baird had gone out for a PUFF similar to Suresh Premachnadra did to escape the decimation of the EPRLF polit- bureau”

    TRAITORS EVERY WHERE………Wait a minute ! did Mahinda mama buy him out?
    Baird behaviour – he has opted a leaf from the book of SL politicians BUT acting gone horribly wrong & badly executed.
    Try selling to Poopalayasingham & Company… Rita Sithasabaesan and several others assured of their votes once again.

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    Canada’s Complicity in the War on Terror

    “Canada is “appalled” that Sri Lanka has been chosen to host the Commonwealth heads of government meeting in November, its foreign minister says.
    John Baird said Sri Lanka had failed in the fundamental Commonwealth values of “freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law and good governance”.
    Sri Lanka dismissed Canada’s objections, saying Commonwealth members had agreed the summit could go ahead.”

    Headline should be: Canada Joins US and Israel in Gloibal Terrorism and Human Rights Violations.

    Read on …

    http://www.globalresearch.ca/the-boston-bombing-web-of-lies/5332981

    The Boston Bombing Web of Lies

    Canada’s Complicity in the War on Terror

    Three days after Boston was locked down, invaded by a colossal police-military apparatus on a surreal “teenagehunt”, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police made a very timely announcement: they had foiled a terrorist plot targeting a Via Rail passenger train. Or so they say.

    In a very absurd press conference where three RCMP officers repeatedly answered questions with “we cannot comment as the investigation is ongoing”, the only information they seemed very eager to disclose was that the suspects “received guidance from Al-Qaeda in Iran”.

    RCMP press conference

    While the Canadian mainstream media take these RCMP allegations at face value, independent news outlets suspect hidden political motives behind the highly publicized announcement:

    Neither the police nor government have given any reason as to why, after allowing the accused to remain at large for months, they were suddenly arrested Monday afternoon and in a very high-profile manner. […]

    Speaking Tuesday after Jaser’s arraignment in a Toronto court, his lawyer, John Norris, drew attention to the timing of the police-government announcement that they had uncovered Canada’s first “al-Qaeda-sponsored” terror plot. Said Norris, “The timing of the arrest is a bit of a mystery and certainly I would like to hear the RCMP’s explanation for that. They have been very clear that there is no risk of public safety and it is surprising to say the least that this arrest would be made now, close on the heels of what happened in Boston and timed perfectly with what was happening in the House of Commons yesterday.”

    On Friday, the Conservative government announced that it was changing the House of Commons’ agenda, scheduling third and final reading of its “Combating Terrorism Act” (Bill S-7) to begin Monday and conclude this week. Bill S-7 gives the state vast new powers. These include: the right to hold terrorism suspects for 72 hours without charge, to convene “investigative hearings” at which those believed to have information about an imminent terrorist attack are stripped of their right to remain silent, and the power to place restrictions for up to a year on the movements and rights of persons deemed by the state to be terrorist suspects but against whom they have insufficient evidence to lay charges. […]

    US authorities have been quick to trumpet the Canadian claims of a thwarted terrorist attack—claims that boost their own efforts to portray North America as under siege from terrorists and justify a vast expansion of the national-security apparatus and coercive powers of the state. The US ambassador to Canada, David Jacobson, issued a statement Monday saying the arrests of Esseghaier and Jaser “were the result of extensive cross-border cooperation” and had underscored “that we face serious and real threats.” […]

    At Monday’s press conference, the RCMP asserted that Esseghaier and Jaser had acted under the “direction and guidance” of “al-Qaeda elements located in Iran.”

    The RCMP said that they had no evidence of Iranian government involvement. […]

    The Harper Conservative government, which has declared itself Israel’s strongest ally and has expanded Canada’s decades’ old military-strategic alliance with Washington, broke off diplomatic relations with Teheran last summer. In justifying this action, Conservative Foreign Minister John Baird labeled Iran “the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today.” (Keith Jones Canadian Government unveils “Terror Plot” as it Adopts Draconian New Law, World Socialist Web Site, April 24, 2013.)

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    A Canadian Indian Michael Cachagee did spent 12 years in three different schools from 1944, Associated Press said as he said: “I was beaten. I was put in tubs of hot water. I suffered great pains of hunger. I was force-fed rotten food.” Michael Cachagee added: “The intent was to destroy the Indian.” It is also a known fact that some of the students in residential schools were sexually abused. Such was the cruelty and ill-treatment inflicted on The First Nation of Canada in the so-called ‘residential schools’.

    Lifting the children from native Indian families and planting them in residential schools began in the 19th century and continued until the 1970s. At those schools, children were forbidden to use their own languages and they were discouraged from learning about their own cultures. It is obvious that the aim was to “kill the Indian in the child” until “there is not a single American Indian in Canada that has not been absorbed”. Today, the native population makes up about 4% of the population of Canada though it remains among the poorest. In the then Ceylon, Christian missionaries have done the same in their boarding schools except induction may have been deception and bribe, but the purpose remained the same.

    In 1998, the Canadian government issued a general apology for hundred and fifty thousand students that were forcibly taken from their homes for enforced assimilation and destroying their culture. But mentality of the descendants remains the same as that of their ancestors. So, when the Canadian Prime Minister, Stephen Harper’s made a formal apology on June 11th in 2008 to former students of Indian Residential Schools and sought forgiveness for the students’ suffering and for the damaging impact the schools had on Aboriginal culture, heritage and language is indeed a surprise. He did not do so out of love for Indians but because the Australian prime minister at the time, Kevin Rudd, had issued a similar apology to his country’s aborigines taken from their families as part of a similar assimilation programme there.

    To see whether apologies make any difference read here what the Statement of the Government of Canada on Indian policy (The White Paper, 1969 but modified in 2010) says; “The Government does not wish to perpetuate policies which carry with them the seeds of disharmony and disunity, policies which prevent Canadians from fulfilling themselves and contributing to their society. It seeks a partnership to achieve a better goal. The partners in this search are the Indian people, the governments of the provinces, the Canadian community as a whole and the Government of Canada. As all partnerships do, this will require consultation, negotiation, give and take, and co-operation if it is to succeed. Many years will be needed. Some efforts may fail, but learning comes from failure and from what is learned success may follow. All the partners have to learn; all will have to change many attitudes.”

    Aims of the original assimilation efforts by the colonialists were so successful, 200,000 Métis and 400,000 non-status Indians today have been fighting a 13 year court case to classify them as off-reserve aboriginal people to be entitled to same constitutional rights as “Indians” under the Constitution Act, and fall under federal jurisdiction. So, neo-colonialists of Canada are taking all time and space in the world to settle problems they have deliberately created for the natives of that country in their own way.

    Has Canada that accuses Sri Lanka for not treating Tamils equitably solved its own problems at least by now? UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya says; he had made a request in February 2012 to visit Canada to investigate the “human rights situation of Indigenous peoples,” and he is still waiting for a response from Ottawa. According to a letter he sent to the Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs (UBCIC) on February 20, Anaya has written the federal government at least three times to be permitted to visit Canada. This is not surprising for analysts say, human rights abuses in Canada have increased dramatically during Harper’s government. The government is under fire for its violations of the rights of indigenous peoples in Canada. It is a fact that many of Canada’s natives live in poor conditions with unsafe drinking water, inadequate housing, addiction, and high suicide rates. This shouldn’t be so in a first world country. In a report released on December 19, 2012, Amnesty International asked Canada to address human rights abuses in the country, particularly with respect to the rights of indigenous peoples.

    Canada is a large country and has no history worth talking about for it was established only in 1867 as a country. So, Harper’s Canada think Sri Lanka has Human Rights problems. Being whites they think, they know how to solve our problems better than us. Being neo-colonialists, they think Sri Lanka also must find solution to race based demands by Tamils like they did to the Quebec sovereignty movement. They do not appreciate the culture and the mindset of Sinhala people who were evolved in a unified country for more than two and half millenniums with a written history of its both sovereigns and invaders since.

    That’s why at the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group meeting in London, Harper’s (Canada) Foreign minister, Baird said; prospect of Sri Lanka chair the Commonwealth summit “appalling,” affording Sri Lanka hosting duties is “an accommodation of evil” and treatment of the country’s Tamil minority as “soft ethnic cleansing.” Then he lectured his fellow descendants of colonists and their servitude on The Commonwealth fundamental values – freedom, democracy, human rights, the rule of law, good governance – and he said the government in Colombo has failed in all of those respects,” For whatever reason, Australia disagreed with Canada and said boycotting the CHOGM would be counter-productive.

    I am sad that our man at the meeting did not say at least a bit of what I wrote above to show the hypocrisy by successive Canadian governments to the point man there at CMAG.
    Leela

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      “Such was the cruelty and ill-treatment inflicted on The First Nation of Canada in the so-called ‘residential schools’”

      Thank you Leela for giving us an example from 1944 as some people were questioning whether such information is relevant in 2013 but of course you are part of the group that speaks of the LTTE in the present tense so such a mindset should be appreciated and definately not ridiculed.

      “planting them in residential schools began in the 19th century and continued until the 1970s”

      Indeed the Canadians have no right to speak of human rights issues due to what their forefathers were doing just like the Americans have no right to speak on race relations and how they elected a black president because many of the forefathers were once owning black people as slaves. The mistakes of a previous generation of course precludes people from making changes in the current day, which is why the Sri lankan govt is right to continue following its long-term successful policy of continued anatagonism with its Tamil population which has resulted in it having much success over the years as shown by many successful encounters in the UN human rights council recently.

      “off-reserve aboriginal people to be entitled to same constitutional rights as “Indians” under the Constitution Act, and fall under federal jurisdiction”

      These ‘Indians’ can at least rest assured that the Canadian constitution will not be changed overnight to suit Harper and his need to create a family dynasty incorporating his brothers, sons, cousins, nephews and pets.

      “UN Special Rapporteur James Anaya says; he had made a request in February 2012 to visit Canada to investigate the “human rights situation of Indigenous peoples,” and he is still waiting for a response from Ottawa”

      What is stopping James Anaya from entering Canada if he’s a US citizen and thus has free right of movement across the border? Please enlighten us on this point.

      “human rights abuses in Canada have increased dramatically during Harper’s government”

      Please give us specific examples of the Canadian govt systematically overseeing human rights abuses on its native population today. I know you love to live in the past but if you make comments like this please provide some concrete present-day examples. Also please tell us if you think Canadian journalists, civil society figures and opposition govt MPs are facing any violence, intimidation or any other threats which prevent or stop them from highlighting any problem areas in their country?

      “and has no history worth talking about for it was established only in 1867 as a country”

      This is a characteristic trait of the Mahinda faithful, when all their useless arguments have been exhausted, they are left with no excuse but to launch personalised attacks like disgruntled children. We need to ask such persons as to why their lord and master Gotabhaya (and many of his relations) fled Sri Lanka in the early 90s to the USA (which has no history worth talking about as it was only recently established in 1777)?

      “Being whites they think, they know how to solve our problems better than us”

      Defining negative characteristics and giving them a racial element is also another classic hallmark of the Mahinda faithful. We of course should not embarass them by asking why these ‘whites’ become bad when they make critical comments yet become ‘good’ when they ban LTTE, spend tourist money in Galle or agree to photo-ops with the ruling family.

      “also must find solution to race based demands by Tamils like they did to the Quebec sovereignty movement”

      Indeed they should have followed the SL model and launched a massive military assault on Quebec and station thousands of non-french speaking soldiers there. Such a Sri lankan model would have brought much needed peace to that region and definately not international isolation, increasing racial antagonism and division. These foolish Canadians gave the Quebecois a referendum, won that vote and now some 20 years later have seen the ethnic-based bloc quebecois lose most of their vote base to federal parties.

      “fellow descendants of colonists “

      Indeed many of these Canadians obviously had a choice when they were being conceived as to what racial group or nation they would be assigned to. This of course means they have to accept the historical guilt of their forefathers yet at the same time make no attempt to reverse such wrongdoing. Such is how the world works according to Leela and the Mahinda faithful

      “Australia disagreed with Canada and said boycotting the CHOGM would be counter-productive”

      This of course has nothing to do with the fact that the Austrailian govt is adopting an anti-asylum seeker policy and thus if they agree the SL govt is engaging in brutality, nepotism and corruption; that this inadvertantly ackowledges that they must accept asylum claims from that island. This is a difficult concept for the Mahinda faithful to understand thus they prefer to wallow in their race-based delusions

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    Guys! guys! this is nothing but another meeting to show the hospitality of the peacock people and all the resolutions and workshop details on paper will be found at the beachfront before long the meeting ends.

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    Justin Trudeau is making the Harper pooping in pants. So, harper govt ministers are trying to cater to ethnic votes.

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    The Canadian government admitted thousands of Tamil Tigers from the war torn areas of Sri Lanka. To get their votes, he has threatened to boycott the Commonwealth Conference in Sri Lanka.

    Like the Canadian Prime Minister Harper, Rajiiv Gadhi tried to help the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka and was assassinated by them. Harper, there are plenty of remote controlled improvised bomb making experts now living in Canada! Hope you will not follow the path of Rajiv Gandhi!

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      “there are plenty of remote controlled improvised bomb making experts now living in Canada!”

      ‘Truth’ are you going to provide us with any evidence of overseas Tamils being a security threat to western nations because I’ve asked you before to provide such information but you decided to go MIA (missing in action). As you are a follower of Gotabhaya, I excuse you for making stuff up just to please yourself. We look forward to Manmohan Singh attending this function as he can of course afford to commit political suicide in Tamil Nadu with the indian election less than 1 year away

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    Bairds canine instinct shows off his facial expressions similar to that of a Bull Dog.

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    Human Rights is now a business property. The well-known Tigers in Canada now become “human Rights” champions.

    Example.. Neru Guna who was the voice of LTTE for a long time and declared he has no links with LTTE in the Canadian main medias.

    The LTTE of Canada sentenced me and many of my friends to death. The same criminals now cry for “human rights”.

    Mr. Baird is now calling shots to get the votes only. But Justin Tredeau gives a lot to the Harper government. Now many “tamils’ started to run to the “liberal” party.

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      “human Rights is now a business property”

      yes when the Conservatives were against LTTE and had them banned in Canada, they were great statesmen but when they take exception to Rajapaksa ruling SL as their own fiefdom then these same Conservatives become business magnates. Exceptional logic.

      “The LTTE of Canada sentenced me and many of my friends to death”

      And yet you survived Sivananthan! Plus I never knew LTTE in Canada had a military counsel to order such directives? I thought Prabha was the one calling the shots (literally)? I look forward to you labelling me as an LTTE supporter despite my never supporting that grouping.

      “Mr. Baird is now calling shots to get the votes only”

      It has not occurred to you that such Tamils do not need to do much to convince their western govts if your beloved President helps their cause by jailing his presidential rival, sacking his chief justice and letting his little brother Gota go crazy on his critics with the help of the army? The antics of the Bodu Sena has done much to help with SL’s friendly international image

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    Well, now we are getting some clues as to why these Canadian politicians say such crazy things. It seems that smoking crack cocaine is popular amongst some members of Canada’s governing Conservative Party, if Toronto’s major Rob Ford is anything to go by. Could this be another reason Canadian politicians are soft on the Tamil Tigers who were, after all, notorious for drug running:

    gawker.com/for-sale-a-video-of-toronto-mayor-rob-ford-smoking-cra-507736569

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