Sri Lanka: Former Canada’s Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s comment
Posted on October 21st, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario .Canada

21 October 2013

The Editor (Letters)‚ ‚ ‚ ‚ 
THE OTTAWA CITIZEN

Dear Editor:

Your news item -Don-â„¢t boycott Sri Lanka: Mulroney -” Canada can do more at meeting, former prime minister says-, confirmed one thing to me.‚  That there are sane individuals among the Conservative political community of Prime Ministers, ‚ MPs and Senators.

Canada sending a down graded delegation to the Commonwealth Summit headed by Deepak Obhrai, the Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs most definitely has lost the opportunity to engage with Sri Lanka and influence decisions at the Summit, whatever they will be.‚ ‚  Prime Minister Harper got it wrong with his myopic vision thinking that Canada would punish Sri Lanka for eliminating the Tamil Tiger terrorists, to gain support from their Tamils sympathizers in the Greater Toronto Area trying to cash in to their bloc vote at the next federal election.

The former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney was absolutely right when he said, –If you were going to boycott the Commonwealth because of illustrations of improper government of abusive treatment of people within some of the member countries, some days you wouldn-â„¢t have too many people around that Commonwealth table for tea.- ‚ ‚ You bet, with our abysmal record on the treatment of our Aboriginal women, Canada too would not be invited for the Colombo-â„¢s Commonwealth Ceylon Orange Pekoe Tea Party in November. ‚ And I would hazard a guess, that there would only be three people at the table, the Queen-â„¢s representative, the Commonwealth-â„¢s Secretary-General and the host of the Summit as there would be human rights violation skeletons in their cupboards back home.‚ ‚  That should be amply clear to Prime Minister Harper and his government.

Asoka Weerasinghe‚ ‚ ‚ 

One Response to “Sri Lanka: Former Canada’s Prime Minister Brian Mulroney’s comment”

  1. Sooriarachi Says:

    For Harper it is now no about turn. He is now committed stay out or bat for the Tamil separatist diaspora in Canada, if he or a high level official represents Canada at the CHOGM summit. However, because of Canada’s disgraceful human rights record now exposed, Canada will get further bad publicity and greater exposure if they dare raise human rights issues at the summit. Therefore, Harper has very cleverly avoided such embarrassment by giving Sri Lanka’s human rights as an excuse for his staying away. The foolish separatists too have fallen for this Ace played by their PM.

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