Protest in Ottawa

Around 300-500 protesters in support of the Tamil Tigers descended upon Ottawa yesterday and disrupted traffic for about 8 hours on Wellington street and Queen street.

Though declared a terrorist organization by the Canadian government, members of the Tamil diaspora in Canada showed up by the busload in support of the LTTE and marched between the British High Commission on Elgin street past the Prime Minister’s Office to Parliament Hill. I am told that the Prime Minister could not make meetings on the Hill yesterday because of the protest.

Here, courtesy of Jeff Davis at Embassy Magazine are supporters of the LTTE camped out in front of the Prime Minister’s door.

and on Elgin street (from Flickr)

I found this article from the Mackenzie Institute to be good for background reading on the LTTE, the Canadian diaspora and the group’s claim of genocide. Here are a few excerpts.

1976-1983: Classic Terrorist Group: The LTTE is created and established connections with Middle Eastern terrorist groups and Indian intelligence agencies. It worked to limit effects of liberalizing government policies and to destabilize local areas, encouraging repression by police and military to polarize Tamil society. Terrorist cells evolved into embryonic guerrilla forces. Base organization of Diaspora political front organizations and overseas organized crime by LTTE-related gangs first appeared in Europe.

1983-1987: Classic Guerrilla Warfare: LTTE attacks provoked violent communal rioting by Sinhalese, hundreds of Tamils were killed and tens of thousands displaced inside Sri Lanka. LTTE guerrillas began to engage in conventional warfare with the Sri Lankan Army. The Tigers encouraged refugee emigration into Western Europe, Australia and Canada while using political fronts to tap them for support in their new countries. The Tigers began to destroy rival Tamil militant organizations and absorb other factions.

Genocide, as we have all too often seen, requires much more extensive and enthusiastic massacres than a week of violent rioting 26 years ago. It requires wholesale ethnic cleansing – which is something the Tigers have repeatedly attempted, but not so the Sri Lankan authorities. It requires labour camps and death camps – something that the Sri Lankans have never built. Notwithstanding the events of 1983, Colombo and other Sri Lankan cities have large populations of Tamils who haven’t felt the need to live in fear and apprehension of their neighbours for the past quarter century.

The charges of genocide from the LTTE and their supporters have no merit, and should be immediately ignored whenever they are raised.

Al Qaeda: Besides providing training (presumably on a commercial basis) to a number of member organizations within al Qaeda; the LTTE has assisted members of al Qaeda with false passports and in joint arms purchases before the 9/11 attacks.

Over the decades, the LTTE has frequently pioneered terrorist techniques that have been copied by other groups. These include the suicide belt bomb famously used in the 1991 assassination of Rajiv Gandhi and later to such effect during the Second Intifada by the Palestinians, the use of chlorine tanks in vehicle bombings to generate a gas cloud, later much copied by al Qaeda in Iraq,and suicide speed boat attacks such as were later seen in the attack on the USS Cole. This has led to widespread speculation that the LTTE provides training and instruction for other terrorist groups.

Among the Diaspora, the only organizations that were permitted to exist were at best strictly neutral and non-partisan. However, most were pro-Tiger. Tamils who had left Sri Lanka found that every Tamil cultural body, temple, newspaper, or language and immigration service that they might resort to was pro-Tiger. Being known to hold Anti-Tiger views was to risk ostracism (a severe threat to a new immigrant) or a beating. Trying to avoid paying ‘War Taxes’ meant running the same risks; and could result in penalties to family members still living in Tiger-controlled areas back in Sri Lanka.

Frequently, if the Tiger controlled front organizations needed to make a point, mass attendance at a protest march might be compelled. In recent years, Tamil store owners have been ordered to shut their shops to maximize attendance; and the men used to collect War Taxes might also go door to door in Tamil neighbourhoods ordering people to appear at events. However, as the Diaspora community matured and disappointment with the failure of the 2002 ceasefire grew, a growing number of Tamils started avoiding Tiger events. Legal prohibitions and orders against the LTTE and its front organizations in a number of countries have also encouraged many Tamils to defy these groups.

Click here to read the full article. It’s worth the time.

Comments

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  • Navalyooraan

    I am really sorry for the Tamil Canadians who disturbed you with their protests. Sorry, that they have shouted into your deaf ears. Sorry that they delayed you for your appointment when they blocked the road. You must be a very self centered person. I don’t think you have too many friends or family. Are you really a Canadian? Canadians are very sympathetic people. They have helped people all around the world in their freedom struggles. They helped to bring peace in Cyprus, South Africa, Ireland, Rwanda, Kosovo, Haiti and many more countries. They are well known for their peace keeping. We are hoping that they will do the same thing in SriLanka. We want our Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take action against the Genocide of Tamils in SriLanka. Is it too much for us to hope for it?

  • Navalyooraan

    Sri Lankan Government uses Chemical Weapons in Vanni (Northern part of Sri Lanka) Warfront, WWW urges immediate dispatch of independent observers for inquiry into war crimes
    Click here to download the Report
    Initial results of Independent investigations conducted by “War Without Witness” confirms that Sri Lankan Government uses Chemical Weapons in Vanni (Northern Part of Sri Lanka) war front both on civilians and its enemy combatants. Two victims were examined by a qualified independent doctor in Vanni ‘Safe Zone’ on 05th April and the initial results have been peer-reviewed by an experienced doctor in United Kingdom.
    Since the Government of Sri Lanka has banned access for all the Independent monitors, Humanitarian Workers including UN and the media, the combat zone is being isolated from the out side world, War Without Witness regrets that a comprehensive forensic/chemical analysis report could not be produced at this point of time.

    War Without Witness urgently urge silent partners of Sri Lankan Government’s war on innocent Tamil civilians including United States of America, India, United Kingdom, China, Japan, Norway, Australia and United Nations to immediately dispatch independent observers to the war zone and ensure the safety of civilians by way of an immediate ceasefire and independent inquiry into this war crime. War Without Witness urgently urge independent organisations like Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), US Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation, UKs Department for Business, Enterprise & Regulatory Reform (BERR) and all 186 OPCW Member States to immediately dispatch independent observers to the war zone and ensure the safety of civilians by way of an immediate ceasefire and independent inquiry into this war crime.

    Extracts of Medical/Chemical Report

    Chemical Substances found on the wounds are, 1) Triethanolamine (C6H15NO3)
    2) Phosgene (CCl2O)

    Interview with those victims’ leads to the conclusion that these are type of Mustard Gas attack delivered via high explosive rocket launchers and aerial bombing. Some of the observations among the victims are ‘high vomiting’, ‘mustard-coloured blisters’, ‘closed throats’, ‘breathing difficulty’ and ‘extreme pain’.

    Photographic Evidence of sample wounds

    “War Without Witness” will continue to report on the Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka and if you have any evidences etc please email them to WitnessDesk@WarWithoutWitness.com This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

    Executive Director,
    War Without Witness

  • Sutha

    First, thank you for writing a news on Tamils. Second, your understanding of the Tamils’ struggle is wrong.
    If you write something such as this, you should know the facts and real history on both sides. Please go to this link to gain knowledge about what had happened before 1976 and the reason for LTTE’s formation which you somehow forgot to mention here.
    http://tamilnation.org/tamileelam/chronology.htm
    Of course, you will finally understand this won’t be found anywhere else other than in a pro-tamil media because Sinhalese has cleverly wiped out all sources and evidences about the facts and true situation there. (Go to year 1981 on this chronology) There is genocide on Tamils for more than 60 years by the Sri Lankan government, learn from these history or don’t write false information.

  • stopthegenocide

    Excuse me! you Ignorant peice of shit! It’s clear that you have no idea what you are even talking about, so maybe you should read acouple of things before talking out of your ass!!! Don’t just say somethign to say-make sense fuckin asshole. Tamil tigers are people who are fighting for a cause and that is more than I can say for fuckin government officials in this fuckin country who sits on thier asses and do nothing else but waste millions of dollars on useless crap!! More power to these people who are going out and protesting and disrupting traffic!!!! Fuckers-you can’t stand alittle bit of traffic but there are people all over the world who are dying for no reason at all. LIVE WITH IT OR DON’T GO OUTSIDE OR GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM!

  • dupmar

    To those Tamil protesters naively questioning why their protests of human rights abuses by the government of Sri Lanka don’t elicit greater sympathy, here’s a clue. You are not doing much for your credibility marching under the banners of the Tamil Tigers, a banned terrorist organization , according to the laws of Canada and most other civilized countries, currently waging war with the government of Sri Lanka. The Tigers have been condemned by the UN for abuses and war crimes against Sri Lankan civilians on its part. It doesn’t give you the moral high ground.

    The government of Canada is not a pawn to be used by the Tamil Tigers for their own purposes, in pursuit of their own objectives. Now that civil war is engaged between Tamil and Sinhalese communities and the Tigers are engaged in armed struggle to overthrow or destabilize the existing government and carve themselves an ethnic enclave, it makes it that much more difficult to distinguish between claims of persecution and human rights abuses and legitimate military response by existing government to defend its existence. The Tamil Tigers are certainly not innocent in this respect, and what’s that saying about those that live in glass houses.

    Don’t you find it incongrous that you are preaching the virtues of multiculturalism in Canada, but pursuing narrow ethnic exclusionist political objectives overseas. It certainly addresses the issue of credibility, and where your true beliefs lie. We were generous enough to grant you refuge and freedom from that persecution you allege is widespread in your former homeland. Don’t abuse that hospitality by using your current refuge as a base of operations from which you continue to wage war against those for which you continue to hold historic grievances.

    Claims of persecution don’t hold much water when you continue to wave the flag of those engaged in bloody armed struggle against the rulers of your former land.

  • dupmar

    To those Tamil protesters naively questioning why their protests of human rights abuses by the government of Sri Lanka don’t elicit greater sympathy, here’s a clue. You are not doing much for your credibility marching under the banners of the Tamil Tigers, a banned terrorist organization , according to the laws of Canada and most other civilized countries, currently waging war with the government of Sri Lanka. The Tigers have been condemned by the UN for abuses and war crimes against Sri Lankan civilians on its part. It doesn’t give you the moral high ground.

    The government of Canada is not a pawn to be used by the Tamil Tigers for their own purposes, in pursuit of their own objectives. Now that civil war is engaged between Tamil and Sinhalese communities and the Tigers are engaged in armed struggle to overthrow or destabilize the existing government and carve themselves an ethnic enclave, it makes it that much more difficult to distinguish between claims of persecution and human rights abuses and legitimate military response by existing government to defend its existence. The Tamil Tigers are certainly not innocent in this respect, and what’s that saying about those that live in glass houses.

    Don’t you find it incongrous that you are preaching the virtues of multiculturalism in Canada, but pursuing narrow ethnic exclusionist political objectives overseas. It certainly addresses the issue of credibility, and where your true beliefs lie. We were generous enough to grant you refuge and freedom from that persecution you allege is widespread in your former homeland. Don’t abuse that hospitality by using your current refuge as a base of operations from which you continue to wage war against those for which you continue to hold historic grievances.

    Claims of persecution don’t hold much water when you continue to wave the flag of those engaged in bloody armed struggle against the rulers of your former land.

  • thatgirlyouknow

    Let us not forget that the Tamil Tigers were only formed after the the Sri Lankan government stood by while ethnic riots against its Tamils killed thousands. Successive Sri Lankan governments have established and enforced discriminatory educational and linguistic rules that favour the majority Sinhalese. The desire for Tamil Eelam – an independent Tamil nation – existed long before the Tigers were formed. It ends up being so closely linked to the Tigers because Prabhakaran designed the flag and there’s a Tiger on the flag.

    Also, this is not some silly gang war over property. The Tamils are being killed by the Sri Lankan government. Yes, the Tigers are equally brutal, but they were only formed in response to a demagogue government – one that indiscriminately shells hospitals, schools, and other safe zones in the name of its war on terror. I wouldn’t want anything to do with the SL government either.

    I am Tamil Canadian, and I love this country, but that doesn’t mean I should have to forget about my family and friends in SL who cannot get out. It is the Tamils who had to leave the country in large numbers – most Sinhalese still live comfortable lives in Sri Lanka. Some posters said that Tamils live all over the world, and Sinhalese only have Sri Lanka. Well, we live all over the world because we were the ones most affected by this conflict, and that is why we had to leave. The Sinhalese felt no such pressing need. Sri Lankan Tamils are not Indian Tamils, so for those of you telling us to go back to India, you don’t really understand anything. Sri Lanka Tamils lived in Sri Lanka for thousands of years, and it is as much their country as anyone else’s. The SL government just wants its minorities to live as second-class citizens under the Sinhalese.

  • thatgirlyouknow

    Let us not forget that the Tamil Tigers were only formed after the the Sri Lankan government stood by while ethnic riots against its Tamils killed thousands. Successive Sri Lankan governments have established and enforced discriminatory educational and linguistic rules that favour the majority Sinhalese. The desire for Tamil Eelam – an independent Tamil nation – existed long before the Tigers were formed. It ends up being so closely linked to the Tigers because Prabhakaran designed the flag and there’s a Tiger on the flag.

    Also, this is not some silly gang war over property. The Tamils are being killed by the Sri Lankan government. Yes, the Tigers are equally brutal, but they were only formed in response to a demagogue government – one that indiscriminately shells hospitals, schools, and other safe zones in the name of its war on terror. I wouldn’t want anything to do with the SL government either.

    I am Tamil Canadian, and I love this country, but that doesn’t mean I should have to forget about my family and friends in SL who cannot get out. It is the Tamils who had to leave the country in large numbers – most Sinhalese still live comfortable lives in Sri Lanka. Some posters said that Tamils live all over the world, and Sinhalese only have Sri Lanka. Well, we live all over the world because we were the ones most affected by this conflict, and that is why we had to leave. The Sinhalese felt no such pressing need. Sri Lankan Tamils are not Indian Tamils, so for those of you telling us to go back to India, you don’t really understand anything. Sri Lanka Tamils lived in Sri Lanka for thousands of years, and it is as much their country as anyone else’s. The SL government just wants its minorities to live as second-class citizens under the Sinhalese.

  • magida

    asshole.

  • M

    if sri lanka had something such as oil to offer, then the government would be alllll over that. But since the country is basically useless, they think it's alright to get rid of a few thousand folks.

  • Mahen

    Tamils Tigers are freedom fighters. I am a Srilankan born Tamil living in Canada. I enjoying the equal rights whci h Canadaians are enjoying. But in Srilanka, Tamils are not treated as equal as singhalese people.
    Srilankan government set up riot many times in the past AND KILLED more than 25, 000 people.
    That is the reason, Tamil took weapons.
    The Srilankan government never listen to our Tamils member of parliaments ( currently 22 ) selected democratically by Tamil people. Currently, the government used chemcal weapons and kikked many people including militants. All the country fails to recornize the affected minority people in the world. They act for thiir own bebefits. Presently, Srilankan government does not allow independent media in the warzone area. They killed many local independent journalists. Sir, how you get independent information about Tamils?.
    Therefore, We, affted minority people, beg Canadain government (people) to resolve the problems. Tamils Tigers are Tamils. They are freedom fighters. Please listen to the affected people.

  • Mahen

    Tamils Tigers are freedom fighters. I am a Srilankan born Tamil living in Canada. I enjoying the equal rights whci h Canadaians are enjoying. But in Srilanka, Tamils are not treated as equal as singhalese people.
    Srilankan government set up riot many times in the past AND KILLED more than 25, 000 people.
    That is the reason, Tamil took weapons.
    The Srilankan government never listen to our Tamils member of parliaments ( currently 22 ) selected democratically by Tamil people. Currently, the government used chemcal weapons and kikked many people including militants. All the country fails to recornize the affected minority people in the world. They act for thiir own bebefits. Presently, Srilankan government does not allow independent media in the warzone area. They killed many local independent journalists. Sir, how you get independent information about Tamils?.
    Therefore, We, affted minority people, beg Canadain government (people) to resolve the problems. Tamils Tigers are Tamils. They are freedom fighters. Please listen to the affected people.

  • Selvi Kumar

    Stephen Taylor, a political analyst. Is the Mackenzie Institute, a non-profit organization with no address, no board members listed, no list of its funders, the so called `friends’ of the MacKenzie institue your only viable source of information on the LTTE ? If John Thompson says there’s no genocide taking place in Sri Lanka every Canadian buys that line ? And he’s talking about the 1983 riots here…we are talking NOW ! Please go look up the definition of genocide and if no international journalists are being allowed to go to the war zone areas in SL, where is John Thompson coming up with his theories, I wonder ?
    `Being known to hold Anti-Tiger views was to risk ostracism (a severe threat to a new immigrant) or a beating. ‘ lol. Steven, why don’t you walk downtown to the protesters in ottawa today and ask them about these so-called beatings and ask them if that’s why they are holding the LTTE flags. BTW, this is the very same John Thompson who was quoted in 2000 in the Toronto Sun as saying that the Canadian Tamils have forced sri Lankan women into prostitution to fund insurgency. After protests from Tamil Canadians, John Thompson issued a denial of the prostitution allegations. Very credible.
    It is very obvious that the SL govt is using the excuse that they are wiping out the LTTE to wipe out the Tamil population as well. Stephen, being a scientist and a political analyst and all, isn’t there any other viable source of information on what’s going on in SL other than the MacKenzie Institute ? And to me its very obvious, the Tamil protests in Canada seem to be more about conservatives vs Liberals then what is really happening in SL. We Tamils are every bit a Canadian as you people who say we are not. and Please don’t insult the intelligence of Tamils by quoting the Mackenzie Institute. It just reflects yours.

  • Selvi Kumar

    Stephen Taylor, a political analyst. Is the Mackenzie Institute, a non-profit organization with no address, no board members listed, no list of its funders, the so called `friends’ of the MacKenzie institue your only viable source of information on the LTTE ? If John Thompson says there’s no genocide taking place in Sri Lanka every Canadian buys that line ? And he’s talking about the 1983 riots here…we are talking NOW ! Please go look up the definition of genocide and if no international journalists are being allowed to go to the war zone areas in SL, where is John Thompson coming up with his theories, I wonder ?
    `Being known to hold Anti-Tiger views was to risk ostracism (a severe threat to a new immigrant) or a beating. ‘ lol. Steven, why don’t you walk downtown to the protesters in ottawa today and ask them about these so-called beatings and ask them if that’s why they are holding the LTTE flags. BTW, this is the very same John Thompson who was quoted in 2000 in the Toronto Sun as saying that the Canadian Tamils have forced sri Lankan women into prostitution to fund insurgency. After protests from Tamil Canadians, John Thompson issued a denial of the prostitution allegations. Very credible.
    It is very obvious that the SL govt is using the excuse that they are wiping out the LTTE to wipe out the Tamil population as well. Stephen, being a scientist and a political analyst and all, isn’t there any other viable source of information on what’s going on in SL other than the MacKenzie Institute ? And to me its very obvious, the Tamil protests in Canada seem to be more about conservatives vs Liberals then what is really happening in SL. We Tamils are every bit a Canadian as you people who say we are not. and Please don’t insult the intelligence of Tamils by quoting the Mackenzie Institute. It just reflects yours.

  • dupmar

    For sheer gall and inanity, I would be hard put to find commentaries that surpass those of Tamil Tiger supporters and sympathizers spamming and cluttering this discussion. Don't you people realize this is a website affiliated to the Conservative Party of Canada, frequented by those who are conservative- minded or who support the policies of the current government of Canada. One of the reasons I support the current government is precisely because of the hardline it took towards terrorist activities tied to this or that immigrant community, that previous governments were inclined to wink at and ignore. A case in point being the outlawing of the Tamil Tigers.

    Do you seriously believe you will convert Conservative Party supporters to your cause, that of picking a fight with and waging war against the Sinhalese majority in Sri Lanka. What is this belief, that immigrant communities get to determine the foreign policy of Canada based on their collective grudges, that the enemies of every refugee group that we so foolishly allow onto Canadian soil and grant the rights of citizenship to automatically become our enemies, that we will wage their bloody and misguided battles on their behalf. Only the NDP and Jack Layton would be foolish enough to embrace such nonsense, to allow our foreign policy to be based on the grudges of every immigrant group, sometimes diametrically opposed, and Canada would end up being at war and seeking to destabilize the governments of half the planet.

    You should be content with small victories, you have already signed up Jack Layton to the cause of the Tamil Tigers, and there are any number of spineless jellyfish Liberal MPs prepared to prostrate themselves and support the demands of any terrorist group, abducters of children, juvenile war conscripters and embassy torchers, who last week were marching about with sharpened sticks shouting ” death to America” or “death to Denmark” or some such inanity, that disembarks at Pearson airport and is willing to purchase Liberal Party membership. Undoubtedly your proposed social experiment in exclusionist Tamil ethno socialism would appeal to Bloc members, so take your case to these misfits. On that score, give the matter thought for a moment, you are seeking to convince Conservative Party supporters to embrace your cause, that of waging bloody war and slaughtering Sinhalese in Sri Lanka to further another doomed social experiment in ethno socialism. The landscape of the twentieth century is littered with the corpses of such projects, and you want to give it another shot, and seriously believe we will sign on.

    This is so typical of left wing speechmongering prevalent with college kids who have no real life experience, it is one thing to wage struggles and curse the enemies of your people, your idelogy, your faith, and struggle to seize power in the abstract in university lecture halls, and quite another to actually wage such battle in the real world and see the body count pile up on both sides. So let's reiterate, Canadians have no grudge against the Sinhalese in Sri Lanka, we are scarcely aware of their existence, they are not even on the radar, and we are certainly not going to pick a fight with them, wage war against them, seek to destabilize or partition Sri Lanka simply because Tamil refugees to Canada prod us to adopt their cause. The government of Canada is not about to let the Tamil Tigers, a banned terrorist organization, determine its foreign policy.

    Now on to the claims of persecution and human rights abuses. It should be pointed out that such claims have very little credibility coming from those who impudently and foolishly march under the banners of the Tamil Tigers.
    To put it in context for those at home, it would be akin to supporters of the FLQ levelling charges of persecution against the government of Canada. Well yes, in such case the government has every right to adopt extraordinary measures and “persecute” terrorists and their supporters. Independent of the rights and wrongs of the ethnic groups embroiled in the conflict, the government of Sri Lanka has the right to defend its existence against armed insurrectionists.

    And make no mistake, those levelling the charges of abuses and persecution on this forum are not innocent civilians inadvertently swept up in a civil war, but those who openly declare their support for the battles waged by the insurrectionists. You can't go pick a fight with the Sinhalese, get bloody and beaten and then come back to Canada and complain of how you got beat up and seek intervention by the government of Canada on your behalf. That's not how it works. We pick our own enemies and our own battles, when it so behooves us, and we are not about to base our foreign policy on the initiatives of every group of dubious Canadians of convenience who seek to wage battle and overthrow some foreign government and prompt them into reprisals. You go poking around in a hornet's nest, you are going to get stung.

  • batb

    Well-said, Dupmar.

    I haven't even bothered to read all of the Tamil Tiger propaganda cluttering this thread. I've got other issues in my life and that of my family which take precedence over a battle that's taking place on the other side of the world.

    Canada — well, PET and his we'll-do-anything-for-power-including-selling-Canada-down-the-river LPC coterie– made a big mistake when it allowed immigrants to Canada to hold two passports. Divided loyalties proliferate and us one-passport holding Canadians are left holding the bag and paying the bill.

    ENOUGH.

    If immigrants to Canada cannot make an unambiguous commitment to this country and its democratic institutions, they need to turn right around and go back to their country of origin — or never be allowed into Canada in the first place. This demand by Canadians of convenience that Canadians take up their grievances, by blocking our streets and access to businesses and Parliament, is outrageous impertinence.

    Those Tamil Tiger sympathizers and apologists posting on this thread need to know that they are grossly abusing Canadas' hospitality and good will., which are not in inexhaustible supply.

  • ryan

    wow this is so one sided its unbelievable. thats how the conservatives work and thats why canwest is going down the drain, because of bias conservative journalism! u dont see any comparison at all. maybe i should make a blog on why stephen taylor is a horrible journalist without mentioning anything good he’s written, because that’s how journalism should be done right? sickening

  • ryan

    wow this is so one sided its unbelievable. thats how the conservatives work and thats why canwest is going down the drain, because of bias conservative journalism! u dont see any comparison at all. maybe i should make a blog on why stephen taylor is a horrible journalist without mentioning anything good he’s written, because that’s how journalism should be done right? sickening

  • ryan

    the real terrorists are the tories!

  • ryan

    the real terrorists are the tories!

  • aaron

    A number of comments in this thread are pure racist. First of all not all Tamil Canadians came to Canada as refugees. In my case I came to this country as a skilled migrant. By the way I flew here. Didn’t come by boat.

    It’s the skills and talent brought by migrants that keeps Canada a strong country. No matter whether your family lived in Canada for 300 years or just 3 years, all Canadians have the same right. Tamil Canadians have the right to protest, until the PM opens his mouth and addresses the Tamil Community.

    I am a dual Citizen (both Canada and Australia), seriously considering moving back to Australia. I do not want to live in a country where I am treated like a second class citizen!

  • aaron

    A number of comments in this thread are pure racist. First of all not all Tamil Canadians came to Canada as refugees. In my case I came to this country as a skilled migrant. By the way I flew here. Didn’t come by boat.

    It’s the skills and talent brought by migrants that keeps Canada a strong country. No matter whether your family lived in Canada for 300 years or just 3 years, all Canadians have the same right. Tamil Canadians have the right to protest, until the PM opens his mouth and addresses the Tamil Community.

    I am a dual Citizen (both Canada and Australia), seriously considering moving back to Australia. I do not want to live in a country where I am treated like a second class citizen!

  • Ely

    It's a simple solution folks!

    The remaining 'Non-Tamil supporters in Canada (99.82%) should protest in front of Air Canada in demand for cheap seat sales and send these morons back to settle the score!

    What do these protesters do for a living anyway?

  • Ely

    Perhaps the remaining 'Non disruptive' and Non Tamil Canadians (99.89%) should protest in front of Air India and demand cheap seat sales so we can send these freedom fighters back to Tamil Land and settle the score there!

    Don't these protesters work?

  • TTG

    these protesters are Doctors, Engineers, Lawyers, Business men as well as general labour and students…

    if these so called “morons” were all sent back home .. this country will see a major economic hit especially toronto.

    lets not forget, we're all immigrants to this country and the only true canadians are native indians ….

    A time will come for tamils when something similar like this happens in your own backyard… and they will complain about traffic and tell u to leave your problems at the door.

  • Justice

    If we look back in history, any group that rebelled against their government in a civil war was categorized as terrorists. Down the road, once the struggle was over, we were able to look back and understand why they acted the way they did, and see that their ways were, in fact, justified. The problem with that is we were too closed-minded to help them out when they needed it.

    As educated people, one would think we'd learn from history's mistakes and act on stopping the violence in the island. Apparently neither the author of this article nor many people commenting on this article are intelligent enough to make those conclusions.

    How many lives will it cost for the world to act ?

  • simple_logic

    Al-qaeda kills brown and white folks.
    LTTE kills brown folks only, licks white arse.

    Liberal/NDP logic:
    Al-qaeda = terrorist organization.
    LTTE = freedom fighters. (no white victims).

    Truth:
    Both Al-qaeda and LTTE are terrorist organization since they kill innocent (brown or white) civilians.

  • simple_logic

    Al-qaeda kills brown and white folks.
    LTTE kills brown folks only, licks white arse.

    Liberal/NDP logic:
    Al-qaeda = terrorist organization.
    LTTE = freedom fighters. (no white victims).

    Truth:
    Both Al-qaeda and LTTE are terrorist organization since they kill innocent (brown or white) civilians.

  • John Perington

    This Article is bunch of crap and you don’t know where to get proper information, instead using bias and fiction sources!!!

  • John Perington

    This Article is bunch of crap and you don’t know where to get proper information, instead using bias and fiction sources!!!

  • Kasthuri

    I would like to comment on below by a fellow Canadian.

    “The main line that they give is, they are doing this for their Country ! Well folks I thought your Country was Canada. When you come here, please leave your baggage at the door!”

    For your information what we left behind is more than our baggage, our friends from school, neighbours we grew up with, sisters, brothers and cousins. Yes we are proud Canadians but are also humble human beings who cannot ignore that fact or move on merely with our luxury life here with out thinking of them.

    We still humanity in us to feel and raise our voice for the genocide that is happening in Srilanka. The author says there is no such thing as genocide in Srilanka he says there are no “labour camps and death camps”. I suggest he better get his passport ready and try visiting Silanka and the northern province. No media is allowed, there is a war against Tamils with out any witness. The people who flee the war zone are in a greater danger they are in detention camps which was described by a humanitarian from New York ) who actually visited one) says she has in her career visited several of these from around the world but haven’t come across one of this atrocity.

    The people who are marching in Ottawa are not terrorist; they lived and faced terrorism from their child hood, the terrorism of Srilankan Government. If any one knows better it is the people who had first hand experience living there, they are the only ones who has the right to speak about it. Any one else, feel free to visit the place find out what is happening there from the kids to the elderly who are facing the genocide and then write your article about it and I would definitely respect that.

    I know it is great inconvenience to traffic, although the crowd in Ottawa is doing their level best to avoid that. Just think about the cause they are there for, they are there to plead for help, help to save human life and I hope the world has a little more humanity left in it to feel for these people.

  • Kasthuri

    I would like to comment on below by a fellow Canadian.

    “The main line that they give is, they are doing this for their Country ! Well folks I thought your Country was Canada. When you come here, please leave your baggage at the door!”

    For your information what we left behind is more than our baggage, our friends from school, neighbours we grew up with, sisters, brothers and cousins. Yes we are proud Canadians but are also humble human beings who cannot ignore that fact or move on merely with our luxury life here with out thinking of them.

    We still humanity in us to feel and raise our voice for the genocide that is happening in Srilanka. The author says there is no such thing as genocide in Srilanka he says there are no “labour camps and death camps”. I suggest he better get his passport ready and try visiting Silanka and the northern province. No media is allowed, there is a war against Tamils with out any witness. The people who flee the war zone are in a greater danger they are in detention camps which was described by a humanitarian from New York ) who actually visited one) says she has in her career visited several of these from around the world but haven’t come across one of this atrocity.

    The people who are marching in Ottawa are not terrorist; they lived and faced terrorism from their child hood, the terrorism of Srilankan Government. If any one knows better it is the people who had first hand experience living there, they are the only ones who has the right to speak about it. Any one else, feel free to visit the place find out what is happening there from the kids to the elderly who are facing the genocide and then write your article about it and I would definitely respect that.

    I know it is great inconvenience to traffic, although the crowd in Ottawa is doing their level best to avoid that. Just think about the cause they are there for, they are there to plead for help, help to save human life and I hope the world has a little more humanity left in it to feel for these people.

  • 1Humanitarian

    I would like to comment on below by a fellow Canadian.

    “The main line that they give is, they are doing this for their Country ! Well folks I thought your Country was Canada. When you come here, please leave your baggage at the door!”

    For your information what we left behind is more than our baggage, our friends from school, neighbours we grew up with, sisters, brothers and cousins. Yes we are proud Canadians but are also humble human beings who cannot ignore that fact or move on merely with our luxury life here with out thinking of them.

    We still humanity in us to feel and raise our voice for the genocide that is happening in Srilanka. The author says there is no such thing as genocide in Srilanka he says there are no “labour camps and death camps”. I suggest he better get his passport ready and try visiting Silanka and the northern province. No media is allowed, there is a war against Tamils with out any witness. The people who flee the war zone are in a greater danger they are in detention camps which was described by a humanitarian from New York ) who actually visited one) says she has in her career visited several of these from around the world but haven’t come across one of this atrocity.

    The people who are marching in Ottawa are not terrorist; they lived and faced terrorism from their child hood, the terrorism of Srilankan Government. If any one knows better it is the people who had first hand experience living there, they are the only ones who has the right to speak about it. Any one else, feel free to visit the place find out what is happening there from the kids to the elderly who are facing the genocide and then write your article about it and I would definitely respect that.

    I know it is great inconvenience to traffic, although the crowd in Ottawa is doing their level best to avoid that. Just think about the cause they are there for, they are there to plead for help, help to save human life and I hope the world has a little more humanity left in it to feel for these people.

  • Terry Lesk

    hi I’m a born and raised CANADIAN , and like many of us CANADIANS am sick and tired of Canada being a safe haven for the worlds criminals . Now we have tamil terrorist supporters blocking our streets and protesting against OUR government to fix their problems . I can’t believe these people . These people come to OUR country , go on OUR social programs , then protest OUR government , THEY are nothing but a bunch of COWARDS that run to Canada live on our tax dollars and bring their problems and expect everyone else to do what they want . Enough is enough , instead of disrupting OUR country , why don’t they go back to their own country and fix their own problems , but they won’t because they are nothing but COWARDS .
    When is our government going to GET A BACKBONE , GROW A SPINE and put a STOP to these immigrants coming here putting them on OUR social programs then allowing them to march on OUR government and change our laws and customs to suit themselves . If they don’t like the way our country is then go back to where you came from because WE DON”T WANT THEM HERE .

  • Terry Lesk

    hi I’m a born and raised CANADIAN , and like many of us CANADIANS am sick and tired of Canada being a safe haven for the worlds criminals . Now we have tamil terrorist supporters blocking our streets and protesting against OUR government to fix their problems . I can’t believe these people . These people come to OUR country , go on OUR social programs , then protest OUR government , THEY are nothing but a bunch of COWARDS that run to Canada live on our tax dollars and bring their problems and expect everyone else to do what they want . Enough is enough , instead of disrupting OUR country , why don’t they go back to their own country and fix their own problems , but they won’t because they are nothing but COWARDS .
    When is our government going to GET A BACKBONE , GROW A SPINE and put a STOP to these immigrants coming here putting them on OUR social programs then allowing them to march on OUR government and change our laws and customs to suit themselves . If they don’t like the way our country is then go back to where you came from because WE DON”T WANT THEM HERE .

  • Myl

    excellent article , telling the truth

  • Myl

    excellent article , telling the truth

  • http://www.tamilnet.com sanjana

    To all of you who think that LTTE is a Terrorist. They are not Terrorsit they are the one who is asking and fighting for Peace for Tamils in Srilanka. This war is not ending and its is getting worst like the Holocaust back in Germany. If you guys read the Diary of Anne Frank you will feel it and you will know what is also happening back in Srilanka, I am here to Speak for lot and lot of Anne Frank who can not Speak or write in a DIARY

    We seek your immediate attention on the humanitarian horror, which is going on in Sri Lanka – Wanni at the moment.

    More than 50,000 Srilankan army have surrounded the Tamils densely populated areas in Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka. Their continuous bombing and artillery shelling are killing the defenceless and innocent Tamil People. Although they call it ‘the war on Tamil tigers’, it is clearly proven that it is a genocide of Tamils.

    Yesterday (April 13 2009) alone, 300 innocent Tamil civilians feared killed, countless wounded, artillery barrage on ‘safety zone’ in Sri Lanka – Wanni.

    More than 500 civilians have lost their lives, more than 1000 are severely injured just in the last few days and 400,000 Tamil civilians are being displaced daily. What come under attacks by the army mainly are safety zones, hospitals and other civilians populated areas.

    Artillery, multi-barrel and mortar fire by the Sri Lankan army towards safety zones (set by the government) in Mullaitivu district is described as ‘the most inhumane genocidal attacks on civilian population’.

    Medical authorities said the situations are beyond the control as the hospitals have come under attacks and patients are helpless without medical attendance.

    Please take innocent people’s lives into serious consideration. Tamils are undergoing extremely critical situation in terms of safety, food and medicine – the basics for a human.

    Innocent Tamils in the North East of Sri Lanka are being arrested and tortured by the Srilankan army. The government of Sri Lanka has ignored and expelled the human right organizations and the International community to engage in this genocide, without paying attention to anyone.

    It is extremely very sad that the international community including human rights organizations and the rest of the world are closing their eyes and not taking any serious actions to save the lives of the innocents and to bring peace to Tamils.

    We, the millions of Tamils around the world, kindly, ask you to take immediate actions to send a Human Rights Organization or any International community representative officers to the Tamils displaced areas in Mullaitivu to see their struggles in person. More significantly, we want you to set particular areas as safety zones and to instruct the government not to attack them. In order to take all the peace related actions, a ceasefire must be brought between both Tamil tigers and the government as soon as possible.

    We the Tamils in this Country, urge your good officers to do your part to save the lives that are being lost daily. Tamils around the world have faith in you as you would stand by us. Please understand the sufferings and the hardships of the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

  • http://www.tamilnet.com sanjana

    To all of you who think that LTTE is a Terrorist. They are not Terrorsit they are the one who is asking and fighting for Peace for Tamils in Srilanka. This war is not ending and its is getting worst like the Holocaust back in Germany. If you guys read the Diary of Anne Frank you will feel it and you will know what is also happening back in Srilanka, I am here to Speak for lot and lot of Anne Frank who can not Speak or write in a DIARY

    We seek your immediate attention on the humanitarian horror, which is going on in Sri Lanka – Wanni at the moment.

    More than 50,000 Srilankan army have surrounded the Tamils densely populated areas in Mullaitivu, Sri Lanka. Their continuous bombing and artillery shelling are killing the defenceless and innocent Tamil People. Although they call it ‘the war on Tamil tigers’, it is clearly proven that it is a genocide of Tamils.

    Yesterday (April 13 2009) alone, 300 innocent Tamil civilians feared killed, countless wounded, artillery barrage on ‘safety zone’ in Sri Lanka – Wanni.

    More than 500 civilians have lost their lives, more than 1000 are severely injured just in the last few days and 400,000 Tamil civilians are being displaced daily. What come under attacks by the army mainly are safety zones, hospitals and other civilians populated areas.

    Artillery, multi-barrel and mortar fire by the Sri Lankan army towards safety zones (set by the government) in Mullaitivu district is described as ‘the most inhumane genocidal attacks on civilian population’.

    Medical authorities said the situations are beyond the control as the hospitals have come under attacks and patients are helpless without medical attendance.

    Please take innocent people’s lives into serious consideration. Tamils are undergoing extremely critical situation in terms of safety, food and medicine – the basics for a human.

    Innocent Tamils in the North East of Sri Lanka are being arrested and tortured by the Srilankan army. The government of Sri Lanka has ignored and expelled the human right organizations and the International community to engage in this genocide, without paying attention to anyone.

    It is extremely very sad that the international community including human rights organizations and the rest of the world are closing their eyes and not taking any serious actions to save the lives of the innocents and to bring peace to Tamils.

    We, the millions of Tamils around the world, kindly, ask you to take immediate actions to send a Human Rights Organization or any International community representative officers to the Tamils displaced areas in Mullaitivu to see their struggles in person. More significantly, we want you to set particular areas as safety zones and to instruct the government not to attack them. In order to take all the peace related actions, a ceasefire must be brought between both Tamil tigers and the government as soon as possible.

    We the Tamils in this Country, urge your good officers to do your part to save the lives that are being lost daily. Tamils around the world have faith in you as you would stand by us. Please understand the sufferings and the hardships of the Tamils in Sri Lanka.

  • Northerncynic

    “If we look back in history, any group that rebelled against their government in a civil war was categorized as terrorists. Down the road, once the struggle was over, we were able to look back and understand why they acted the way they did, and see that their ways were, in fact, justified.”

    Any group? Is that how it works? I doubt it. Take a look at the U.S. Civil War. It’s not intelligent to suggest that the Confederacy should have been allowed to maintain slavery and break away from the United States.

    Our government is not recquired to provide any support or aid to the Tamils. Making other Canadians frustrated and angry won’t garner much sympathy, and that’s not intelligent either.

  • Northerncynic

    “If we look back in history, any group that rebelled against their government in a civil war was categorized as terrorists. Down the road, once the struggle was over, we were able to look back and understand why they acted the way they did, and see that their ways were, in fact, justified.”

    Any group? Is that how it works? I doubt it. Take a look at the U.S. Civil War. It’s not intelligent to suggest that the Confederacy should have been allowed to maintain slavery and break away from the United States.

    Our government is not recquired to provide any support or aid to the Tamils. Making other Canadians frustrated and angry won’t garner much sympathy, and that’s not intelligent either.

  • dupmar

    Let’s address some of the recent comments supportive of the Tamil Tiger protesters. Some point out that protesters may be skilled professionals, doctors and engineers and not simply taxi drivers, and this should qualify and justify their protests. Yes, well we may have Kurdish engineers, or Basque doctors or Chechnyen lawyers, that is people who emigrated to Canada and previously held such positions in their homeland protesting on Parliament Hill, that neither qualifies nor disqualifies their protests per se, but neither does it justify that we embrace their struggle and let their priorities determine our foreign policy. We are not about to destabilize the governments of half the planet because recent immigrants demand this of us.

    I can only conclude that blind and wilful ignorance determines the Liberal/ NDP obsession with characterizing
    the Tamil Tigers as “freedom fighters” knowing what we know about them. They are neither the ANC of Nelson Mandela nor the MPLA in Angola mid-seventies. What’s the distinction, well for one Mandela was not involved in any attempts to assasinate the German Chancellor or the Prime Minister of Sweden, and the Tamil Tigers stand accused of involvement in the assassination of the head of state in India. That’s what is called crossing the line between some territorially based “liberation movement” and some worldwide terrorist outfit. What’s next, the assassination of Stephen Harper because he obstructs their purpose as well.

    On to objections by some Tamils of being labelled as “refugees” rather than immigrants. From what I understand from what many Tamil contributors have themselves declared, the decision to immigrate to Canada was not in and of itself a voluntary one, in the sense, things are not so bad in Sri Lanka but I think I would prefer to be a Canadian citizen but rather we were driven to seek refuge in Canada. From what they themselves are claiming, they were driven to Canada or to similar countries due to pogroms and persecution by the Sinhalese majority in Sri Lanka but long to return and reclaim their homeland. If that doesn’t qualify someone for refugee status, irrespective of whether the application was filed as family class sponsorship, I don’t know what would. What’s the difference, some NDPer will argue. Well as some immigrants to Canada who previously contributed to the discussion have pointed out, the difference is between someone who consciously and deliberately chose Canada, wants to contribute, to belong, defines himself as Canadian and those asylum seekers stuck here for an indeterminate period who ended up here by default, but have no interest in Canadian society, politics, culture other than seen through the prism of their own political agenda, in particular how Canada may further or facilitate the struggle to liberate their homeland. I consider those marching under the banners of the Tamil Tigers to fall into this category.

    I recall a quip the Liberals are quite fond of, Trudeau’s statement to the effect that the Prime Minister of Canada is not headwaiter to the Provinces. At least provincial Premiers have some legitimate interest, for the most part, in the well-being of Canadians as opposed to say, the Tamil Tigers. I recall one disgraceful episode, late 2005 or early 2006 where Paul Martin attended a Tamil community meeting in Brampton, purportedly to deal with disaster relief for Sri Lanka and he was beset with demands from Tamil Tiger supporters that relief funds be directed to the Tamil Tigers rather than the Sri Lankan relief agency, and he hemmed and hawed and equivocated and couldn’t give a straight reply. Here’s a clue for the Liberals, you want respect, get up off the floor and learn to say ” no” to outrageous and impertinent demands. The Prime Minister of Canada may not be headwaiter to the Provinces, but neither is he some carpet for newcomers to wipe their feet on, some bellhop or gofer that terrorist bands, just disembarked at Pearson airport, can snap their fingers at.

    Some of the frustration emanating from Tamil Tiger protesters is just that, they are accustomed to being catered to by jellyfish Liberals, they are not accustomed to having impertinent demands being met with refusal. And what is more impertinent than Canadians of convenience marching under a terrorist banner and delivering their demands to Canada’s parliament. If Canadians of Tamil origin wish their grievances pertaining to conditions in Sri Lanka to be considered, they might themselves first consider divorcing themselves from the terrorists
    in their midst and not marching under their banners.

    For the rest, we have the usual nonsense from anarcho-communists and NDPers, openly contemptuous of the sacrifices of Canadian troops overseas, indulging in crazed romanticism of the mutual slaughter of a civil war which they term ” liberation struggle”, berating Conservative supporters for alleged racism because some expressed concern about the validity and intent of certain immigration applicants, and have no desire to see their country evolve into a series of refugee enclaves, launching pads for revolutions or if you will, ” liberation struggles” in foreign lands. No, those communities involved in mutual slaughter overseas are not “racist” as their skin colour is undifferentiated and they are certainly welcome to bring their hatred and grievances to Canadian soil but those Conservatives who question the wisdom of an indiscriminate no holds barred immigration policy, well that’s an evil racism to be expunged and we NDPers will have to berate and guilt trip them to silence with tales of European expansion and conquest.

    If you feel the Tamil insurgents have a worthy struggle and deserve to be liberated, that slaughter of Sinhalese civilians by the Tamil Tigers is excusable for the greater good, by all means join the struggle. You can name your contingent the Jack Layton Brigade.

  • dupmar

    Let’s address some of the recent comments supportive of the Tamil Tiger protesters. Some point out that protesters may be skilled professionals, doctors and engineers and not simply taxi drivers, and this should qualify and justify their protests. Yes, well we may have Kurdish engineers, or Basque doctors or Chechnyen lawyers, that is people who emigrated to Canada and previously held such positions in their homeland protesting on Parliament Hill, that neither qualifies nor disqualifies their protests per se, but neither does it justify that we embrace their struggle and let their priorities determine our foreign policy. We are not about to destabilize the governments of half the planet because recent immigrants demand this of us.

    I can only conclude that blind and wilful ignorance determines the Liberal/ NDP obsession with characterizing
    the Tamil Tigers as “freedom fighters” knowing what we know about them. They are neither the ANC of Nelson Mandela nor the MPLA in Angola mid-seventies. What’s the distinction, well for one Mandela was not involved in any attempts to assasinate the German Chancellor or the Prime Minister of Sweden, and the Tamil Tigers stand accused of involvement in the assassination of the head of state in India. That’s what is called crossing the line between some territorially based “liberation movement” and some worldwide terrorist outfit. What’s next, the assassination of Stephen Harper because he obstructs their purpose as well.

    On to objections by some Tamils of being labelled as “refugees” rather than immigrants. From what I understand from what many Tamil contributors have themselves declared, the decision to immigrate to Canada was not in and of itself a voluntary one, in the sense, things are not so bad in Sri Lanka but I think I would prefer to be a Canadian citizen but rather we were driven to seek refuge in Canada. From what they themselves are claiming, they were driven to Canada or to similar countries due to pogroms and persecution by the Sinhalese majority in Sri Lanka but long to return and reclaim their homeland. If that doesn’t qualify someone for refugee status, irrespective of whether the application was filed as family class sponsorship, I don’t know what would. What’s the difference, some NDPer will argue. Well as some immigrants to Canada who previously contributed to the discussion have pointed out, the difference is between someone who consciously and deliberately chose Canada, wants to contribute, to belong, defines himself as Canadian and those asylum seekers stuck here for an indeterminate period who ended up here by default, but have no interest in Canadian society, politics, culture other than seen through the prism of their own political agenda, in particular how Canada may further or facilitate the struggle to liberate their homeland. I consider those marching under the banners of the Tamil Tigers to fall into this category.

    I recall a quip the Liberals are quite fond of, Trudeau’s statement to the effect that the Prime Minister of Canada is not headwaiter to the Provinces. At least provincial Premiers have some legitimate interest, for the most part, in the well-being of Canadians as opposed to say, the Tamil Tigers. I recall one disgraceful episode, late 2005 or early 2006 where Paul Martin attended a Tamil community meeting in Brampton, purportedly to deal with disaster relief for Sri Lanka and he was beset with demands from Tamil Tiger supporters that relief funds be directed to the Tamil Tigers rather than the Sri Lankan relief agency, and he hemmed and hawed and equivocated and couldn’t give a straight reply. Here’s a clue for the Liberals, you want respect, get up off the floor and learn to say ” no” to outrageous and impertinent demands. The Prime Minister of Canada may not be headwaiter to the Provinces, but neither is he some carpet for newcomers to wipe their feet on, some bellhop or gofer that terrorist bands, just disembarked at Pearson airport, can snap their fingers at.

    Some of the frustration emanating from Tamil Tiger protesters is just that, they are accustomed to being catered to by jellyfish Liberals, they are not accustomed to having impertinent demands being met with refusal. And what is more impertinent than Canadians of convenience marching under a terrorist banner and delivering their demands to Canada’s parliament. If Canadians of Tamil origin wish their grievances pertaining to conditions in Sri Lanka to be considered, they might themselves first consider divorcing themselves from the terrorists
    in their midst and not marching under their banners.

    For the rest, we have the usual nonsense from anarcho-communists and NDPers, openly contemptuous of the sacrifices of Canadian troops overseas, indulging in crazed romanticism of the mutual slaughter of a civil war which they term ” liberation struggle”, berating Conservative supporters for alleged racism because some expressed concern about the validity and intent of certain immigration applicants, and have no desire to see their country evolve into a series of refugee enclaves, launching pads for revolutions or if you will, ” liberation struggles” in foreign lands. No, those communities involved in mutual slaughter overseas are not “racist” as their skin colour is undifferentiated and they are certainly welcome to bring their hatred and grievances to Canadian soil but those Conservatives who question the wisdom of an indiscriminate no holds barred immigration policy, well that’s an evil racism to be expunged and we NDPers will have to berate and guilt trip them to silence with tales of European expansion and conquest.

    If you feel the Tamil insurgents have a worthy struggle and deserve to be liberated, that slaughter of Sinhalese civilians by the Tamil Tigers is excusable for the greater good, by all means join the struggle. You can name your contingent the Jack Layton Brigade.

  • ryan

    i heard that stephen taylor supports gays and that he is one as well. I would really maybe support the tories if this came true. And you wonder y canwest is going bankrupt, because of terrorists like stephen taylor.

  • ryan

    i heard that stephen taylor supports gays and that he is one as well. I would really maybe support the tories if this came true. And you wonder y canwest is going bankrupt, because of terrorists like stephen taylor.

  • Omanator

    Just one Problem you come to our country for no other reason than to protest and help your families at home?
    Please take the next plane back and help them. This is Canada. If you prople don't feel that Canada is your Country why stay. I wished you would either leave your baggage at ” Home ” or do not come.The Canadian Governement ows nothing to the Tamils.
    I think it is time that we stop this duel citizenship garbage. I myself am an Immigrant and do not hold dual Citizenship. When I came Canada, it was to be ” my ” country I needed no other.The fact that so many stay in Canada for ten or 15 years, then go back to their country of origin and only come back for our healthcare and to get our pension. I think the Government should make it clear. No pension if you go back.

  • Omanator

    You still don't get it. Your actions are backfiring to all the Tamils in this country. We owe you nothing. Solve your own problem by going home and doing things there.

  • Joseph

    Tamils dont ask to pick favourites in the conflict. what they ask is to stop the killing of innocent people.

    There is no other country in the world doing aerial bombing on its own citizens!

  • Joseph

    Tamils dont ask to pick favourites in the conflict. what they ask is to stop the killing of innocent people.

    There is no other country in the world doing aerial bombing on its own citizens!

  • batb

    aaron: “A number of comments in this thread are pure racist.”

    That's pure nonsense.

    I'm weary beyond measure that in these latter days of the multicultural dispensation ANY criticism leveled against a group that is a visible minority is labeled “racist.” That is a cop-out and demonstrates an inability to argue the merits, or otherwise, of an argument.

    Of course there are countless immigrants to Canada, my ancestors included, who contribute their “time, treasure, and talent” to this country, and I say “Bravo” to all of them.

    There are, however, and this has been a fairly recent occurrence, immigrants who seem to have come to Canada merely as a convenience to them. They seem to have no intention of pitching their tent in any real way on Canadian soil, but are very happy to take advantage of all of their “rights” and “freedoms” rather than being mindful of their responsibilities as citizens of this country and their obligations.

    What, aaron, is it that the Canadian government can do to help the Tamil Tigers in Sri Lanka? Why aren't all these demonstrator willing to do something IN Sri Lanka? We could argue till Kingdom Come about whether or not they are terrorists. The Canadian government has outlawed them because of their proven terrorist activities and if you have a beef about that, take it up with your elected representative to Parliament. But, please, don't play the racist card because you don't happen to like the way an argument is going.

    My family and I have been paying the way for too many immigrants to this country to live off the dole and to have all of their services, dental, medical, housing, daycare, after-school care, “heritage” languages in our schools, etc., provided. My family, on the other hand, has had to pay for its own medical, dental, housing, and childcare, all the while watching our heritage — which is a proud one — be trashed in our schools and in the MSM.

    Sorry you don't like to hear about our growing discontent with this situation, though you might try putting yourselves in our situation to try and see why we're not exactly happy with the “contribution” being made to Canadian society by certain groups of immigrants. And, in addition to the monetary burden these “rights” and “freedoms” of new immigrants are putting on the Canadian citizenry, we are experiencing much higher crime rates in our cities and much less harmony in our schools and on our streets.

    That's a fact. It has nothing to do with “racism.” In fact, I might call your statements reverse racism, because you seem to be saying that people with my background and views have no right to simply make observations about what's happening in our country.