Statement by Mr. Vijay Thanigasalam, MPP on Oct 30, 2018 in the Ontario Legislature
Posted on November 9th, 2018

Mahinda Gunasekera  Tambrook Drive Agincourt,  Ontario Canada

November 8, 2018

Honourable Doug Ford
Premier of Ontario
Queen’s Park, Toronto
Ontario  M74 1A1

Dear Premier Doug Ford:

Re: Mr. Vijay Thanigasalam, Conservative MPP for Scarborough-Rouge Park’s Statement at the Ontario Legislature on October 30, 2018 (Hansard) on Sri Lanka

I am writing to correct the twisted and erroneous views expressed by Mr. Vijay Thanigasalam, MPP, who had been greatly influenced by the internationally designated terrorist movement known as the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), which is borne out by the contents of his Facebook wherein he carried pictures of the megalomaniacal leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, the Black Tiger Suicide Bombers and much more, as per the article written by Stewart Bell in the Global News of June 2018; viz. https://globalnews.ca/news/4256193/ontario-pc-candidate-apologizes-facebook-posts-terrorist/. The Tamil Tigers were so designated per the UN Security Council Resolution Number 1373 of September 2001 and banned by 32 countries including Canada.

Further to the letter addressed to you by Mr. Asoka Weerasinghe of Ottawa on November 7, 2018, I would like to add that the LTTE which resorted to ethnic cleansing massacres of non-Tamil residents of the North and East of Sri Lanka for establishing their mono-Ethnic Separate State called Eelam”, even used a battalion of 70 women Tiger cadres to conduct a night time attack on the rural hamlet of Gonagala in the Ampara District in September 1999 where they hacked to death nearly 56 men, women and children for no other reason other than their being from the Sinhalese ethnic community. The survivors of the impoverished village of Gonagala disregarding the violence perpetrated on them, were quick to respond to the needs of the Tamil residents of the neighbouring village who were severely affected by the tsunami of December 2004, by rushing cooked rice and other food items from their meagre resources to feed and comfort their Tamil neighbours.

The LTTE terrorists bombed the Central Bank in the financial district of the capital city of Colombo killing 114 and injuring nearly 1,400 others. They attacked the civilian international airport in Katunayake where they destroyed six passenger aircraft belonging to Sri Lankan Airlines and continued their violent destruction by planting bombs in trains, buses and shopping centres during rush periods causing numerous deaths and injury to innocent civilians during the ceasefire period (CFA) monitored by the Nordic countries. The Sri Lankan government of the day led by President Mahinda Rajapaksha withdrew from the CFA and engaged in a coordinated military action against the Tamil Tigers who launched their ‘Final War of Liberation’ in August 2006 in order to rid the terrorist menace and regain the country. In the process, the LTTE bastions in the east and north fell to the Sri Lankan forces compelling the Tamil Tigers to retreat to their final stronghold on the northeast coastal belt of Vellimullivaikal, along with the Tamil civilian population of the northern Vanni region who were forced to accompany the retreating Tigers to form a human shield. Despite 48 hour ceasefires and offers to surrender, the LTTE forces decided to fight to the last and even prevented the captive civilians from leaving their area of control under threat of death. The Tamil Tiger forces were totally defeated on the 19th of May 2009, with the Sri Lankan forces rescuing 295,873 civilians including almost 12,000 former Tiger fighters who surrendered, with the civilians being resettled in new or repaired homes while the LTTE cadres were rehabilitated with new life skills and released to society within a period of three years. Unsubstantiated allegations by INGO/NGOO, UNSG’s so called panel of experts led by Marzuki Darussman reporting directly to Ban ki Moon on accountability in Sri Lanka while sitting in New York and putting a lid on the information gathered by them for a period of 20 years till the year 2031, or biased media reports continue to remain mere allegations far from fact or truth.

What has taken place in Sri Lanka is a coming apart of a coalition government formed by the two main political parties, namely, the UNP and the SLFP, where the President of the country has had to intervene in order to ensure stability and continuance pending the holding of fresh general elections. The President has removed the sitting Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremasinghe and named Mr. Mahinda Rajapaksha who was the leader of the main opposition block as  the new Prime Minister to form a new government along with the SLFP and other members supportive of the new Prime Minister.

The allegations of rape, torture and genocide of Tamils spoken of by MPP Thanigasalam against former President Mahinda Rajapaksha is part of the propaganda line projected by the defeated Tamil Tiger supporters to demonize Sri Lanka.  Contrary to what the MPP said, the rape of women in the Jaffna region has been carried out by Tamil on Tamil, with only 11 of the 375 reported incidents from January 2007 to May 2012 which could be attributed to security forces personnel.  The offending military persons have been charged in the courts and thereafter court martialled by the military including the dismissal from the security force. With the increasing presence of Tamil diaspora in their home towns (places of origin), community women have told us that their daughters are often being viewed as sexual objects and in some cases, been sexually assaulted,” a leading woman’s activist working in the north told IRIN in an e-mail.  Refer:  http://www.irinnews.org/report/98978/abuse-marginalization-war-affected-women-sri-lanka%E2%80%99s-north.  The Tamil expat involvement in such crimes was observed in the abduction, rape and murder of 18 year school girl Sivaloganathan Vidya of Pungkuduthivu, Jaffna, on May 13, 2015, by a gang of Tamils including one Mahalingam Sivakumaran, alias Swiss Kumar who tried to flee to Switzerland with the help of Mrs. Vijayakala Maheswaran, State Minister of Child Affairs and one V.T. Thamilmaran, dean of the Faculty of Law of the University of Colombo which the latter two denied. (https://www.revolvy.com/page/Murder-of-S.-Vithiya)

MPP Thanigasalam should not attempt to use his position as an elected member of the Ontario Provincial Legislature to conduct propaganda for the terrorist LTTE whom he hero worshipped, and instead confine himself to serving the members of his riding which is his first and only priority.

Yours sincerely,

Mahinda Gunasekera

Cc: House3 Leader. Hon.Todd Smith  <[email protected]>

Deputy Premier, Hon. Christine Elliot <[email protected]>

Attorney General, Hon. Caroline Mulroney <[email protected]>

Ontario NDP Leader, Hon. Andrea Horwath <[email protected]>

Ontario Liberal Leader, Hon. John Fraser <[email protected]>

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Natalia kusendova <[email protected]>

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