9 August, 2020

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Canada To Send Low Level Rep To CHOGM In Colombo, Will Review Funding For C’wealth

Canada will send a Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Commonwealth Summit in Colombo and will review its funding to the Commonwealth programmes and Secretariat, Canadian Premier Stephen Harper said today.

Canadian Premier Stephen Harper | Picture by AP Source: AP

“Deepak Obhrai, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs and for International Human Rights, will represent Canada at the meeting in Colombo,” Premier Stephen Harper confirmed.

It is very low level attendance from the North American country.

Issuing a statement from Bali Indonesia where he is attending the APEC summit, Harper said it was clear that Sri Lanka had failed to uphold the Commonwealth’s core values, which are cherished by Canadians. “As such, as the Prime Minister of Canada, I will not attend the 2013 CHOGM in Colombo, SriLanka. This is a decision that I do not take lightly,” he said.

The Canadian Premier said his Government would continue to work with its partners and through the UN to draw attention to the situation in Sri Lanka.  “I have also asked the Minister of Foreign Affairs to review Canada’s financial contributions to Commonwealth programs and the Commonwealth Secretariat,” he said.

“When Sri Lanka was selected to host the 2013 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, Canada was hopeful that the Sri Lankan government would seize the opportunity to improve human rights conditions and take steps towards reconciliation and accountability. Unfortunately, this has not been the case,” Harper said.

He said Canada was deeply concerned about the situation in Sri Lanka. “The absence of accountability for the serious violations of human rights and international humanitarian standards during and after the civil war is unacceptable,” the Canadian Prime Minister said.

“Canada noted with concern the impeachment of the Sri Lankan Chief Justice earlier this year, and we remain disturbed by ongoing reports of intimidation and incarceration of political leaders and journalists, harassment of minorities, reported disappearances, and allegations of extra judicial killings,” added Harper.

“Canada believes that if the Commonwealth is to remain relevant it must stand in defence of the basic principles of freedom, democracy, and respect for human dignity, which are the very foundation upon which the Commonwealth was built,” he said.

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    This guy is really in the pockets of LTTE Die-ass-pora in Canada.

    If Harper is truly burning for HR, he should take a critical stand agaisnt Israel. Guess what! He sees no problems with Israeli humiliation of impoverished and defenceless Palestinians.

    He had no problems dealign with George W or Tony Blair either.

    Mr. Harper, please stay behind in Canada. Don’t bother sending even low level reps. CHOGM is a waste of funds by Rajapassa clan anyway.

    Just freeze yourself in lovely Canadian winter weather in November.

    PS: Mr. Harper, How many LTTE criminals have you punished so far for supplying millions of dollars from Canada to blow up Sri Lanka over 30 yeras?

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      “This guy is really in the pockets of LTTE Die-ass-pora in Canada.”

      don’t be like our distinguish ” Thunmulle Google Mudiyansilage Modawansa ” every one knows when he opens his mouth some thing spectacular going to come out , are you following his foot steps or what ? do you seriously believe Harper is in LTTE pockets ? if so pl tell me about British ,Ausi and Kiwi Premiere’s stand on SL , why LTTE supporters failed to persuade their respective premier’s to be in their pockets ? or rather Rolls Royce,Boat people and Fontera are in their pockets ?

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        Canada is home to more LTTE refugees than the ones in the UK, Aus & NZ combined :-)

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        FIRSTLY NO ONE IN THE WORLD.. THATS THE WORLD COMMUNITY TAKES CANADA SERIOUSLY… IN THE OLD DAYS AMERICANS USE TO GO AROUND THE WORLD AND SAY THEY WERE CANADIANS..TODAY ITS THE OTHERWAY AROUND… CANADA IS A MERE LTTE EMBASSY. WE HAVE SEEN HOW SO CALLED WESTERN POLITICIANS TALK ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS..BUT WIKILEAKS SHOWED THE WORLD ITS MORE TO DO WITH DOMESTIC POLITICS THAN RIGHTS… By the way when the UNHCR told the Canadian government to investigate the Mass Killings, rape and disappearance of canadian indigenous Females.. whay has the Canadian Government refused to do so??? so much for human rights.. What rubbish.. Canada is a insiginicficant nation in todays world.

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          “Canada is a insiginicficant nation in todays world.”

          Wow , good to hear such news from you , so according to your logic Swaziland , Belorussia, Uzbekistan , Uganda etc are the significant countries in the today’s world , right ? way to go my friend !

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        Sri Lal

        You have a point. UK, Australia & New Zealand. Rolls Royce, Boat people & Fontera. Could be so.

        I share your sarcasm about “Thunmulle Google Mudiyansilage Modawansa” too. But Modawansa is not stupid. He plays to the gallery to gain some benefits from King Rajapassa.

        I gain nothing from Rajapassa or Harper. I am Sri Lankan. I am free. I speak my mind. What either Rajapassa, Harper or LTTE Die-ass-pora think has no bearing on my views.

        I repeat, Harper is acting out of his own electoral interests. Rather than concern for Sri Lanka.

        Cheers!

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          Ben ,

          “I repeat, Harper is acting out of his own electoral interests. Rather than concern for Sri Lanka. “

          i sincerely believe you know what you are talking about ,out of 35 Million Canadian population approximately 300,000 Tamil people scattered around canada and you believe Tamil people have a sway in Canadian national politics ?

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            @srilal .. Yes Canada is a insiginicficant player in the world tgoday.. Like u have so nicely illustrated.. Canada is now hand in hand with its begging bowl going to developing nations for money.. what keeps canadian economy going is the Filthy Tar sands it found..

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              “Canada is now hand in hand with its begging bowl going to developing nations for money.”

              Dum you are actually blind and stupid. When the price of Oil went up many nations found it economical to extract from shale even though they have been extracting gas and oil with other forms of technology- why not? Canada has always had a pipeline to US. Oil and gas -22% of income
              Resources do not mean oil alone; Oil alone is for the camels who belch and fart yet the patent rights remain with the west.
              http://www.nrcan.gc.ca/statistics-facts/minerals/902 – 22% of income
              Go fetch the rest biscuit boofer..

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              Hello Dum ,

              what more you want me to say , so according to you Canada is an insignificant country , let’s leave it the way you want , sorry mate i can’t waste my time.

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            what rubbish.. From the 35million how many canadian voter turnout were there in the elections.. The Tamil Population is much Higher than the figures u have floated around.. They are Much better organised in terms of sending their people out to vote rather than the native canadians.. Thats why we have seen the election of canadian Tamils.. and 300,000 tamils in canada.. where did u get that joke of a figure from??? just look at the vast Tamil population in Torronto alone, and Look at the most predominant voters in jason kennys electroate.. Dont talk rubbish.. Canada is the bastian of the LTTE emigres..

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              Malaka:
              Do you have to spout OUTRIGHT LIES in defence of those who pay you?
              You wouldn’t know facts if they bite you in your a..e!

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            @srilal.. what Rubbish.. are u saying that money does not play a role in canadian politics.. the vast funding for the canadian parties come from LTTE tamil emigres and its funding networks.. Ever heard of Lobby groups..with money who are more powerful.. the Tamils in canada are in much higher Number than you have mentioned.. Just look at the recent census.. They are better organised in terms of getting funding and the voter turnout.. are u saying that from the 35million population they all go and vote?? Talking rubbish.. learn about canadian politics and study the statics.. and Look at the various LTTE tamil groups that politicaly help the politicians.. before u vomit here..

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              malaka X2
              Your profound sense of ignorance is because you don’t want to know- real gaasgembos

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              Malaka ,

              ttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tamil_Canadian
              http://www.diversitywatch.ryerson.ca/backgrounds/tamils.htm

              According to the officials (pl refer the Ryerson University paper and Wikipedia) ,Tamil population in Canada is approximately 200,000 . for the arguments sake I quoted inflated figure as 300.00 , now who said whole Canadian total population of 35 million going to vote in any given election , I just wanted to show the Tamil population comparison as a percentage of the total population ( it is less than 1 %) when it comes to National politics and how much sway Tamil people have changing the Dynamics of Canadian National politics. I never talked about lobby groups as such , if they are so powerful as you clamed , then it is clearly a big failure in sri lankan diplomatic effort and its embassy officials , are not we ashamed to admit such blunders as a government, despite spending colossal amount of tax payers money in PR campaign against a terrorist group ?
              After all Who has vomited here ?

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              Malaka. True. But this is not just confined to Canada. What about the UK, the USA and Australia? The Politicians are all funded by the LTTE drug and scam money.

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            Sri Lal,

            Harper is playing domestic politics on Sri Lanka’s back.

            Canada is the world’s largest home of LTTE expats.

            Canada’s LTTE expats are a tightly knit community focused in the Greater Toronto.

            They are a small but politically potent constituency courted by both the federal Liberal and Conservative parties.

            Cheers!

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              “I quoted inflated figure as 300.00 , “

              sorry , above figure should be 300,000 not as 300,00.

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              Ben Hurling:
              You never cease to amaze with your ill-informed comments!
              Would you mind telling us about the Liberals and Conservatives courting the Tamils/LTTE and which of those parties is represented in the Canadian parliament by anyone of Tamil origin?

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          Ben Srilal is right.You never ever abuse an Englishman and that’s exactly what SL did by detaining the leader of the opposition (a heart patient) at the airport for 4 hours and deporting him. He is loved by the people irrespective of party. SL with its begging bowl has no right to choose. Tamils live in a pocket and that’s where that girl is MP- so it has nothing to do with the vote of Tamils. Canada has enough and more resources and the majority of the JT’s hold responsible positions.Canada will never forget keep out.

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            Javi,

            Ref my comment above to Sri Lal on Canada’s LTTE expats and their power.

            Cheers!

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              Sorry Ben but 9/11 changed the dynamics and there is nothing to do with home grown war heroes alone. Once Right Wing Harper came to power he cleared the place of ltte from the streets and shop owning. All other militant Tamil groups had their internecine wars. Harper once had 200 simultaneous raids on Somali at Toronto in a single day.
              Now if you know there are functioning ltte there then what is the SL consulate doing or what are you doing about it? BTW if the flag was ltte then the EU itself won’t let them carry it.
              Be realistic- all Jewish folk are not Mossad as much as all Sinhala Buddhist are not BBS or JVP or any single party. In 100 years China has 300 million party folk and the rest don’t want to know.
              Cheers

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      @ Ben Hurling
      So according to your logic, if any foreign government or head of state speaks out against the human rights abuses by the RajaPassa government, that government and that leader is in the pocket of the diaspora eh? According to that brilliant logic of yours those countries that spoke out and brought sanctions against the white apertheid government of South Africa were in the pockets of the ANC and the black South African diaspora right? :-D

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        @ Ben Hurling
        Blind faith in bad leaders is not patriotism. Remember that the Canadian government is not against this country or its people…it is only against what the RajaPassa government is doing to its minorities. :O

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        Hey Human rights Champion.. Can u tell us why the same Harper have continued to Ignore the edicts of the UNHCR for Canadian government to investigate the Mass Killings, rape and disappearance of canadian indigenous Females.. whay has the Canadian Government refused to do so??? and the canadians have even said the UNHCR is Onesided and Biased. Please dont talk rubbish.. The same Harper Government even refused to vote for Palestine Cultural recognition at the UNHCR to protect its histpric sites let alone a non member observer..

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          Dum:
          when are you goinng to replace the missing “B” at the end of your name.
          When did you dream up this “mass disappearances of indigenous females bit?” Is this a case of “Canada looking, Jaffna seeing?”

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        Percy Jilmart,

        Love your name mate. Fits our fake King really well.

        I also love leaders who take a genuine stand on global HR issues. On a consistent, transparent basis. Desmond Tutu is one such leader. Tutu refuses to sit next to Tony Blair based on Blair’s war crimes in Iraq.

        Harper is not one of them. Sorry!

        Harper is a religious nutter. Turns a blind eye to Israel’s despicable war crimes against helpless Palestinians. He even made Canada vote against Palestinian statehood at the UN. Canada was in a humiliating minority at the UN along with USA on that issue.

        Harper dealt just fine with both Bush and Blair. Both infamous war criminals. Do you recall Harper boycotting a summit in either Washington or London. Or atleast in Tel Aviv. Nope!

        So, his dislike of Rajapassa only is rather ludicrous. Not that I care. I dislike Rajapassa too. But, let truth be told. Hypocrisy is hypocrisy. Whether Canadian or Sri Lankan.

        Therefore citing HR issues in SL by Harper is BS! Just to pacify the loud LTTE die-ass-pora in Cananda.

        PS: Your comparison of the situ with South Africa & ANC is comical. Diehard LTTE people believe Mandela is equal to VP, the now deceased “Sun God”. Good luck mate!

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      Come on Ben, the ones who stole the sheep were deported down under and that’s where the southern Sinhala Buddhist hold sway. Canada is the land of immigrants being throttled by USA.
      No matter what excuse politicians dream up for waging war, the underlying cause of all wars is economic in nature.

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      “BEN HURTING”, YOU ARE JUST LIKE THE RAJAPAKSES. IF ANYONE SPEAKS OF HR VIOLATIONS BY THE GOVT OR AGAINST ANYTHING THE GOVT IS OPPOSING, ONE IS BRANDED A “TRAITOR”,”TIGER”, “TIGRESS”, “LTTE SYMPATHISER”, ETC. THE ONLY PERSONS ONE CAN CLEARLY SAY ARE IN THE “LTTE POCKET” ARE THE ONES WHO HAVE KEPT SAFE THE HARDCORE LTTE SUCH AS KP, KARUNA, DAYA MASTER, ETC IN SPITE OF KNOWING THEIR WAR CRIMES. SO BEFORE YOU BLABBER ABOUT OTHER PEOPLES’ AFFILIATIONS TO THE LTTE, WHY NOT QUESTION THOSE IN YOUR OWN BACKYARD ABOUT THEIR PATRIOTISM AND IF THEY HAVE NOT BENEFITED FROM LTTE WEALTH?
      CAN YOU TELL THE PEOPLE OF SRI LANKA HONESTLY THAT EVEN AFTER THE WAR THAT INNOCENT PEOPLE, MEDIA CRITICAL OF GOVT,AND SO MANY OTHERS HAVE NOT SUFFERED SOME ILL FATE SUCH AS BEING “WHITE VANNED”.

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        James,

        I oppose Harper’s political games.

        It does not mean I back corrupt & brutal Rajapassa clan. Are we clear?

        In fact, by boycotting silly Harper is helping calculating Rajapssa to play heroic, loneley cowboy out to save his beloved motherland from servants of LTTE expats such as Harper.

        Rajapassa wins a whole new voting block in SL through Harper’s actions seen as anti Sri Lankan by the domestic public.

        Rajapassa is a lot smarter than you think.

        Cheers!

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          Ben Hurling:
          Does the term “idiotic sycophant parading as a critic of the Rjapasss” strike a bell? If it doesn’t go look in the mirror.

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        Ha ha Ha -Rudra’s government ministers got caught in child molestation in Sudan

        What you expect from this barbaric terrorist where ever they live

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    Mr. Ben Hurling, your comment is well balanced. I think the punishment that the LTTE criminals got is the nationality status in Canada. Canada will soon experience what we experienced for 30 long years. These criminals will start with a suicide bomber or two and then only they will open their eyes. Canada’s loss is our gain.

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      ” These criminals will start with a suicide bomber or two and then only they will open their eyes”

      Wasantha Abeysiri, a Sri Lankan property dealer domiciled in Canada,has cheated money from a large number of Sri Lankan Immigrants in Canada promising to provide them dual citizenship.Wasantha Abeysiri was a former employee of the Bank of Montreal (BMO) and was allegedly terminated from the Bank due to a fraudulent cheque issue.

      Ronny- So are you telling us that W.A. is LTTE???

      Southern Sinhala Buddhist thieves live down under No they are all over.

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      Watch your trap, Ronny. The Canadians are sending you a Punjabi Sikh – Deepak Oberoi – to send out the message this is a totally Canadian boycott unless the Rajapakses show better behaviour in the HR front and compliance with the demands of the UN and other world bodies. Canada has already said she will sharply cut her aid to Sri Lanka. Bob
      Rae will brief Stephen Harper suitably. Canada is one more friendly country the absence of diplomacy from the Rajapakses has made an enemy.

      While the pissu Professori and the Rajapakses openly attack the Canadians privately, they assure the Canadian HC and the Ottawa Govt they are fully with the Harper regime. The Canadian Govt is aware of every stolen dollar invested by the ruling clique with former LTTE men now in the Canadian Real Estate and Gold market. All the noise is only for public consumption. The typical Rajapakse trickery to fool the yakkos.

      Backlash

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        ” The Canadians are sending you a Punjabi Sikh – Deepak Oberoi – to send out the message this is a totally Canadian boycott”

        You mean Canadians of Indian origin are not considered “proper” Canadians? Surely you’re not accusing the Champions of Global Human Rights of racism???

        “Canada has already said she will sharply cut her aid to Sri Lanka.”

        Actually Canada has said it will cut contributions to the Commonwealth, not SL. Canada did threaten to cut aid in 2011, and again last year, but I don’t know if anything came of it. Harper also swore back in 2011 that Canada would not attend CHOGM, but is now changing that to sending a civil servant instead of a politician.

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          Oberoi is an MP and not a Civil Servant.

          What Harper said earlier was he may not attend unless the Rajapakses behave in the interim. Not just the Canadian PM but the Queen, who is extremely attached to CHOGM,
          will be sorry to miss the event although the excuse given may
          not even convince the marines.

          Chances are the Indian PM too may give the event a miss – if
          one is to judge by what Khurshid says, the current tensions in
          Tamilnadu and the General Elections in early 2014.

          The British, the Aussies and the Kiwis are coming at top level here to protect their trade interests – although they do not disagree about the HR and War Crimes issues. Cameron is obliged to speak gloves off. He has already given indications of this.

          Backlash

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      Ronny:
      Is that your (wet) dream in technicolour? Do you even know where Canada is, leave alone its people and politics?
      You and your buddies are just plain nuts and there are lots like you in this country, unfortunately.
      Kuveni’s curse is alive and well!

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    FIRSTLY NO ONE IN THE WORLD.. THATS THE WORLD COMMUNITY TAKES CANADA SERIOUSLY… IN THE OLD DAYS AMERICANS USE TO GO AROUND THE WORLD AND SAY THEY WERE CANADIANS..TODAY ITS THE OTHERWAY AROUND (Thats how low they have gone)… CANADA IS A MERE LTTE EMBASSY. WE HAVE SEEN HOW SO CALLED WESTERN POLITICIANS TALK ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS..BUT WIKILEAKS SHOWED THE WORLD ITS MORE TO DO WITH DOMESTIC POLITICS THAN RIGHTS… By the way when the UNHCR told the Canadian government to investigate the Mass Killings, rape and disappearance of canadian indigenous Females.. whay has the Canadian Government refused to do so??? so much for human rights.. What rubbish.. Canada is a insiginicficant nation in todays world.

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      When you get hit no nation would back you. Go ask the Chinese they know it better- no friends only business interest.Even the Chinese are reverting to coffee. Ansell the largest manufacturer of Condoms in the world makes it at the FTZ- So Rajaporkistan is called condom.

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      Friend DUM, You have chosen the right name for the IQ you show. Are you having Canada in mind or Kannada?. Ever heard of G8 and its significance in today’s industrial powers? If you had, you would not have chosen to make a hash of yourself. Canada is the 2nd largest
      country in the world and produces two ingredients that make a
      really rich and self-sufficient nation – food and fuel. It is within the first 5 most desirable countries to live in the world, a high Per Capita and a highly educated population. Have you heard of the Katunayaka Int’l airport. Next time you get there do read the Plaque and you will feel more grateful to Canada – and much more respectful. I have had the privilege of visiting and spending quality time in several fine countries in the world. Canada – in terms of its natural resources, scenic beauty, beautiful modern cities, lovely country side, great respect to other cultures, absence of poverty and its super friendly diverse people – appeals as one of the finest countries in the world. If there is a setback in the relations between our two countries I am afraid we are more at fault. Canada is not the only country we have rubbed on the wrong side recently. The list grows with the passing of every week.

      F,N, Stein

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    Here’s how much the world cares about what Canada has to say:
    http://twitpic.com/dfoq35/full

    :D

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    Ben ,

    are you aware , Mary Robinson (Ex prime minister of Ireland ),Nelson Mandela , Bill Clinton , Desmond Tutu Et al all share and support Tamil people’s grievances , so according to your logic all these eminent people are in LTTE pockets ? or are they after Tamil votes ??

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      Your problem is you are addicted to internationals.

      You forget decent Sri Lankans at home, here in SriLanka, who share Tamil people’s grievances.

      You can gain international sympathy. But, at the end of the day you must share this island with people who live here.

      Start working to defeat racists whether Sinhalese, Tamils or Muslims. Start working to build brotherhood. Let us chase opportunistic, cunning politicians away from the governance of Sri Lanka.

      Sri Lanka’s success will be home grown, not imposed from Ottawa.

      Cheers!

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        Ben ,

        “Your problem is you are addicted to internationals”
        Is that so , why do you try to shift the goal post here , initially you asserted that Harper is in LTTE pockets , I tried to show you it is much more than LTTE propaganda or money , to elaborate further I pointed out some of the Eminent peoples names in the international politicks , my question for you was , can they be bought over LTTE’s money ?

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          Sri Lal

          Mary Robinson, Nelson Mandela , Bill Clinton , Desmond Tutu Et al share grievances of Tamil people and of Sri Lankans. They engage Sri Lanka. They do not issue threats with deadlines to Sri Lanka.

          Harper does not belong to above mentioned eminent leaders group.

          Harper is a religous nut. Harper provides uncrtitical, full support to all of Israel’s horrific crimes in Palestine.

          Harper is not a HR defender. He is defending his political survival.

          PS: Non of this is to exonerate the despicable Rajapassa clan rule in Sri Lanka. Rajapassa’s despotic rule has to be ended by those who love Sri Lanka. Not by LTTE monkeys in Canada with ulterior motives.

          Cheers!

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      LTTE propaganda worked well while the Kumaratunga Government and the ones before were complacent. That is the reason. Mandela did not have first hand information and if he did a man who was for the majority rule and was against the minor racists’ armed forces as indeed was the LTTE he would have had a different view. The Tamils went in well planned and even before 1983 there were Tamil refugees moving into Europe and setting up illegal businesses. In fact I know the first Tamils to France came in around 1975 and by 1980 they were involved in people and drug smuggling. The flood gates opened after 1983 where there was a “brain drain” who were outsmarting the governments. In 1985 I covered the trial of six Tamils involved in smuggling heroin. They all claimed they were working for the LTTE in Court and under oath. Their lawyers used that as an argument claiming that Tamils selling roses in the Metro had no other way of living but to get involved in illegal businesses. Tamil Journalists were murdered in Paris. They opened up sari shops and did illegal banking and money transfers ad it is no wonder that France is one country where the LTTE were watched very carefully.

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    Cannot we exchange some intelligent views so that the columns will be put into meaningful use.

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    Just ensure that he and is low level team are lodged at Murugan Cafe – a short WALK from the BMICH

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      com-695
      “is low level team are lodged at Murugan Cafe”
      You know Who is “Oberoi” the first 5 star hotel at Colpetty built by Skidmore Owings and Merril. You try your stunt and India would capture SL by air in 3 days as much as they did Bangaladesh in 8 days- Modaya comode in amude.

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    Very good. Keep the funding and You too please don’t come to CHOGM. That will be less expences for SL. Eat a Vade and drink a tea at the Torronto corner shop and watch the CHOGM happenings on TV or Web.You are giving excuces about HR violations in SL; but you know very well that SL too has some tough questions to you regarding funding,supporting and assisting terrorism. That’s why you are avoiding CHOGM.You think we are fools. Whether you come or not CHOGM will take place as planned.

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    Prime Minister Harper -well done! At least you have the guts to stand for truth, reconciliation and rule of law. Shame on you Prime Minister of Australia.

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      Prime Minister Harper -well done! At least you have the guts to stand for truth

      But he doesn’t have guts to stand against the tamil votes, fear, to maintain his status as PM, finally he bed over to tamil terrorist

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    Party pooper gets attention! It’s ok for Canada to go to war in Iraq under false claims and murder thousands of civilians and host alleged war criminals Bush and Blair. It’s ok for Canada to marginalise native Indians, deny their human rights and watch them die out. LTTE terrorist votes and wealth calling the shots, Mr Harper?

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      The problems with lankans is that they cant see their own snutty nose but look at others. Libya was a buildup of nations and that’s exactly what is happening. The day you see drones at night it would be late because its personal. Nothing to do with ltte or tamils. You reap what you sow enjoy.

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    .
    When Harper became Prime Minister in 2004, his first job was to ban LTTE and close down all World Tamil offices.
    Then he made tough on Tamil refugees.
    In 2008/2009, thousands of Tamils protested on streets, in front of parliament,….to meet Harper and request to stop the war. He and his cabinet refused to meet Tamils.
    He is the most anti-LTTE canadian leader.
    :-)

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      Hear, Hear.

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      Cheers for reality check.

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      Harper skipped the Beijing Olympics too since he was so very concerned with China’s human rights record – guess what he’s up to with China these days :D

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      Rubbish. he was doing that to show the world that he fell in line with the 9/11 policy “For or against” of the moron George W. Bush. Everyone did ban the LTTE except Australia. The Commonwealth Chief was in Sri Lanka and claimed that the organisation that is no more than a “club for clowns” were against Terrorism but stuttered and stammered failing to answer my question as to why if the Commonwealth could stand as a group and speak against Terrorism did each and every individual country not do the same. Ravinath Ariyasinghe embarrassed closed the meeting.
      The man was a Nigerian charlatan who probably sipped gin with his white masters and was of the opinion that Sri Lanka should be ruled by a minority – Tamils. Those of you who are against Democracy dream on.

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    The so called Commonwealth’ suspended Fiji after the military coup. The country seems to be still doing fine. Actually if harper is to put his money where his mouth is, he should withdraw Canada from the
    ‘Commonwealth’. This low level delegation is just to save face.

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      Fiji has it’s own ‘traditional homeland of the Tamils’ fantasy from those brought in as indentured labour by the British. They actually number more than the native Fijians today.

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    Instead of making stupid statements. Let us ,at least those who have no hidden agendas’, be more realistic. Why the world community today looks at Sri Lanka in a disdain.
    What Canadian Prime Minster says is perfectly correct. Sri Lanka has failed to improve human rights conditions and to be accountable to violations of rights and humanitarian standards.
    We are today not living in a closed – society. Whether we like it or not we are living in an internationalized human society. Even our trade in goods and services are internationalized and WTO is there to regulate the rules of the game. In the case of labour relations , health care etc there are international institutions like ILO,WHO for capacity building of nation states in the relevant areas. So are the humanitarian standards in societies. Why we are fussy only about the rights and humanitarian standards. Today even a single individual who has been victimized could seek a relief in an international forum. Such is the internationalized fabric for the protection of socio- economic, political and cultural rights of people.

    The country cannot be ruled by family of urchins to their whims even under the guise that they got the majority will to do so. In that case at least the minority who disagreed should be made entailed to the modicums of fundamental human rights such as rights to rule of law, non- discriminatory equality before the law, decency of living etc. These inalienable human rights and freedoms are being taken away by the inherent systemic shortcomings in the free expression of opinion and due to deterioration of right thinking , moral societal standards for no hope for being responsive to the right against the wrong ,the good against the bad in living in a highly corrupt and criminalized society which is ruthlessly backed by a despot and his family urchins.

    The rulers know that that they can regardless languish in power by fooling, corrupting and criminalizing the majority of people in south. Sri Lanka instead of meeting the issues of violations of human rights and humanitarian standards has declared a cold war against the international community for raising these issues and hush up by buying the votes of African and other countries who are having to face similar charges of violation of human right in those countries. This is the very same thing they do in the domestic elections.
    Why cannot Sri Lanka punish wrongdoers of war criminals? Knowing the track record of Sri Lankan forces , is it credible to say to the world that no single crime or wrong has been committed by the forces during the relevant period. One would recall that in an incident during 1971 uprising in Kataragama that Sri Lankan court has punished the army officer who unlawfully ordered to kill a prisoner of war and others who carried out the unlawful order of the superior officer. It is strange why Sri Lanka government is not prosecuting those responsible in the forces in killing, raping, looting and other excesses. Condoning crimes and wrongs is not “nationalism”. The repercussions of such behavior would have far reaching consequences nationally in the return of law and order situation and intentionally in re-establishment of standing and self-respect of the people of the country instead of being sidelined in the international community.

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      Hear, Hear Chandra.

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      In what capacity are you making these statements? Have you seen the living conditions of the Tamil people when the LTTE was around? No I am positive you did not. Well I did. And I can tell you now that those people have more freedom today than they ever had before May 2009. Don’t be one of those people who read the Opposition newspapers and sites like this and make comments that you cannot support.

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        So Peter Chitty lived under the thumb of the LTTE. Please
        tell us more. Where and when, included.

        Hooker

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    Sri Lanka should consider it’s diplomatic representation in Canada. Do we need to waste money banging our heads against a brick wall. All those thousands of the ‘disappeared’ from Sri Lanka seems to have arrived in Canada and taken over the parliament.

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      ” All those thousands of the ‘disappeared’ from Sri Lanka seems to have arrived in Canada and taken over the parliament.”
      Even if they get refugee status they wouldn’t get Canadian nationality or Canadian passport without the original birth certificate and SL passport which the Lankan embassy has to issue once they get status. So where does your case of disappearance lie. If they don’t have valid docs then how can they taken over the parliament.Stupid stupid you.

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        Have you heard of LTTE extortion? Probably not.
        A woman whose husband owned a shop in Tooting Broadway told me that they were obliged to have £100 every month even if their business was bad. The couple managed the shop and their two young children were often left on their own.
        It is the same in Canada.
        The pro LTTE people have shops in the best areas and their business booms. Then they lend money to people and squeeze their necks for the monthly payments. You know that don’t you? Living in denial is not going to help the Tamil people.

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          Extortion was an unacceptable and negative feature of the LTTE.
          One cannot for certain say it is entirely a thing of the past
          where the Tamil diaspora lives in large numbers. Even those Tamils who had some sympathy for the LTTE, mostly who had directly suffered through the army, hated this aspect of the LTTE.

          But how come Karuna and Devananda, major extortionists themselves, are in Rajapakses government in very high positions?

          Backlash

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          If you are so sure of what you say then what’s holding you from disclosing it to the UK/Canadian authorities for they take it very seriously and don’t disclose who gave such information. You know as a courts recorder how to write and what happens for providing false information? Your Achilles heel is that you folk are refugees who landed at Colombo docks and have a complex like the JT’s who think they are classical meant for the museum rather than being without vanity.

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          P.C.C
          “You know that don’t you? Living in denial is not going to help”

          BTW poor families living beyond their means and borrowing from sharks members of their own community generally is common and these issues are being addressed by UK and Canada. In the UK there professional money lenders on the internet- legal but the commissions they charge is a different story- open economy (the Gov. are trying to regularise this too) How can anyone stop folk who live beyond their means?

          Backlashes question regarding terrorist Karuna and Devananda,is very pertinent.by the gun for the gun with the gun.Can you answer that since its nearer to your home?

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    “Canada will send a Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs to the Commonwealth Summit”

    Canada is trying to snub srilanka but the joke will be on Canada when this small fry goes missing.Srilanka will just say that it is a conspiracy to tarnish its image.

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    Sri Lanka has sent 400000 ‘high level’ Tamils to Canada. Yet they attempt to send a low level person (their OWN description) to Sri Lanka to represent them at the CHOGM.

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