Sri Lanka’s Consular General in Toronto
Posted on November 24th, 2009

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . Canada

November 24, 2009
 
The Editor
Toronto Star
Toronto
 
Sir:
 
I was glad to read Martin Cohn’s column – Cohn: London arm of Sri Lanka’s Toronto envoy, which proved positive that Sri Lanka’s Consular General Mr. Bandula Jayasekera has made some impact within the political and social circles in Toronto.
 
Being in Ottawa, I had wondered whether he was another Sri Lankan diplomat twiddling his thumbs and marking time collecting his monthly pay cheque and waiting for the next posting and allowing the Tamil-Eelamists to tarnish the good image of Sri Lanka with their fairy tales.
 
Cohn reports that the Tamil scholar Dr. Paikiasothy Saravanamuttu better known as Sara “has been a voice of reason and clarity amidst Sri Lanka’;s bitter division.”  Sure he has shown his clarity of  his position in ethnic politics, when he told the world that the Government of Sri Lanka removing 301 Tamils from Colombo’s safe-houses  for reasons of security, out of a Tamil population of 390,000 and sent by buses to their homes in the North and East as “ethnic cleansing”, and not uttering a word from his voice of reason when 100,000 Muslims were removed in 24 hours from the North and East of the island in October, 1990 by the Tamil Tigers.
 
I have my own theory on the removal of the past High Commissioner Daya Perera from Canada.  I point my finger at the expatriate Sri Lankan community who were tired seeing another in-effective diplomat in Ottawa at the expense of the poor Sri Lankan tax payers, as it was reported in the Embassy Magazine that, “Mr Perera finally arrived this past September, a posting he says he accepted so he could be closer to his two children and four grandchildren.  His daughter is a consultant paediatrician in Toronto, and his son is a surgeon in New Jersey.”  I doubt Mr. Jayasekera had anything to do with that recall.
 
Asoka Weerasinghe

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