Minister Jason Kenney’s Press Release on the 202 Tamils rally
Posted on November 2nd, 2013

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester‚  Ontario . Canada

1 November 2013

Hon. Jason Kenney, PC., MP
Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister of‚ Multiculturalism
House of Commons, Ottawa.

Dear Jason:

On October 31, 2013 at 4:17 PM, I received your Press Release -” Minister Kenney defends ‚ Human Rights at a Rally with Canada-â„¢s Tamil community,-‚  sent by electronic-mail to me by a member of the Tamil community accompanied by this note -” -Hello Ashoka,‚  This was the reaction from Minister Jason Kenney for your letter-¦..-

My first reaction before I read the Press Release was -” -Thanks an awful lot, Minister.- And then I started to read it – –October 28th, 2013 -” The Honorable Jason Kenney, Minister of Employment and Social Development and Minister of Multiculturalism spoke at a rally in Ottawa organized by Canada-â„¢s Tamil community to thank Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Government of Canada for boycotting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Colombo.‚  He was joined by a number of Conservative Caucus members including Ministers Chris Alexander and Tim Uppal, Parliamentary Secretaries Deepak Obhrai and David Anderson, and MP Stephen Woodworth.‚  Minister Kenney and Caucus colleagues reinforced Canada-â„¢s steadfast commitment to the protection of human rights and freedoms in Sri Lanka, and called on the Rajapaksa regime to pursue true reconciliation.-

Having read that brief, I felt that there was something lacking in it.‚ ‚  A little ingredient of Canadian-honesty, perhaps.‚ ‚  It didn-â„¢t taste right, like eating a bland colonial-white hopper without that Sri Lanka-â„¢s-honesty spicy ingredient on the side, the katta sambol.‚  ‚ In this instant, the bit of spice that I was looking for from you was -Canadianhonesty-.

How would this draft of a Press Release from you make out, John?

–¦.While Conservative Minister Kenney and Caucus colleagues have still not acknowledged the classic text book example of Human Rights, ‚ that the Rajapaksa regime of Sri Lanka had performed‚  giving back to their 22 million people, the treasured Human Right, the -ËœRight-to-Life-â„¢ when they eliminated the most ruthless Tamil Tiger terrorists in the world, ‚ who had hijacked that right for 30 years, the group we Conservatives banned on April 22, 2006;‚  and not withstanding the fact that Canada has still not acknowledged ‚ the classic text book example of‚  Liberation-Human Rights performed ‚ by ‚ the Sri Lankan armed forces, ‚ who liberated 295,873 Tamils used as a human shield for 30 months by the ruthless Tamil Tiger terrorists that Canada banned on 22 April 2006, yet failed to show our concern ‚ even with a pip-squeak of a protest to the Tamil Tigers to release them, we were supporting 202 Tamils, out of 200,000 of them on parliament hill to reinforce Canada-â„¢s steadfast commitment to the protection of human rights and freedoms in Sri Lanka, and call on the Rajapaksa regime to pursue true reconciliation.-

I know it is a mouth full, Jason, but this bit of Canadian honesty gives Canadians a chance to be judge and jury and ask the question, -If the Rajapakse regime performed these classic text book examples of Human Rights, then why the heck is Prime Minister Stephen Harper and ‚ his Caucus harassing and bullying puny Sri Lanka that has performed miracles for the Tamil people living in the North and East of Si Lanka ‚ after the 30 year brutal ‚ Tamil Tiger separatist war?-

And let me be clear Jason.‚  The Sri Lankan Government owes everything that is legal and constitutionally correct to the Tamils who stayed back ‚ home without getting on a plane and land‚  at the Pearson Airport and say, – I am running away from discrimination and persecution in Sri Lanka.‚  I am a refugee and I want protection”,- and owes absolutely nothing to those 202 demonstrating Tamils who are living in luxury in Canada and still belly ache about Sri Lanka ‚ for the want of their separate Tamil State, Eelam. ‚ And yet, the belly aching Tamils fly over to Sri Lanka in droves for their Christmas holidays, to bask under the Sri Lankan sun to get back a bit of their tan that they lost living in Canada.

Well, Jason, that is how the cookie crumbles.‚  You cannot be disingenuous to Canadians about Sri Lanka any more.‚ ‚  Sri Lanka-â„¢s Tamils back home are doing alright and beautifully, with no Tamil Tiger bombs going off on their streets, in school yards and in public transport vehicles. Thanks very much to the Rajapaksa regime that made it possible.

So Prime Minister Harper has decided to boycott the Commonwealth Summit in Colombo, eh!‚ ‚  Jason, but I sincerely hope that Parliamentary Secretary to the Foreign Minister, Deepak Obhrai who is leading the Canadian delegation will report back to the Prime Minister and the rest of the Caucus, that the sun has been rising from the eastern horizon every morning as it has always done in the past, having ignored the concerted efforts by Canada to move the Commonwealth Summit away from Colombo.

Well, Canada this time around has been embarrassed and learned the hard way to not let the Tamils influence Canada-â„¢s foreign policy and play Pied Piper on their behalf at international gatherings of the Heads of States and get snubbed.‚  It-â„¢s not worth it, not even for one single Tamil vote‚ from the Greater Toronto Area.

I say, -Way to go, Sri Lanka!-‚  I dip my hat to all those Sinhalese people in salute, who prepared a million meals a day to feed a hearty breakfast, lunch and dinner, to the liberated 295,873 Tamils, from the clutches of the Tamil Tigers on May 19, 2009 and onwards, and not letting them starve to death.‚  Jason that was the living laboratory of Sinhalese compassion of Buddhists and Christians alike at work, who valued the lives of their Tamil brothers and sisters. They didn-â„¢t want those 295,873 Tamils to die. ‚ ‚ It was a miracle for a puny island nation that Canada failed to acknowledge blinded by the possible Tamil vote. ‚ Ummmmm-¦ it-â„¢s just too bad!

Have a good day.


Asoka Weerasinghe.

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