Statement by Canada’s Liberal Party on the UN panel on Sri Lanka
Posted on July 11th, 2010

Asoka Weerasinghe Kings Grove Crescent . Gloucester . Ontario . K1J 6G1 Canada

10 July 2010

Hon. Michael Ignatieff, P.C., MP., Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada & Leader of the Opposition
Hon. Bob Rae, P.C., MP., Deputy Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada and the Foreign Affairs Critic
House of Commons, Ottawa, Ontario.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ DearƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Michael and Bob:

You two have incensed me with your ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”Statement by the Liberal Party of Canada on the appointment of a UN panel on Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢.

*See who is talking!ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ 

-You Liberals brought misery to all Sri Lankans for 13 long years by letting the Tamil ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”SnowƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ Tigers in Canada collect two million dollars a month for 13 years to stuff their war-chest to buy sophisticated war weapons, which contributed to the terrorists shipping 11 ship loads of weapons during the ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”¹…”CeasefireƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢ period between February 2002 and January 2008, to prolong that unnecessary war and killing the innocent civilians in the thousands.

By doing just that you forfeited your right to speak on Sri Lanka and tell them what to do.

*See who is talking!

-You Liberals let the Tamils cut a cheque forƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  $7 1/2 million from a bank in Vancouver ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ in 1994 to purchase 50 tonnes of TNT and 10 tonnes of RDX from the Rubezone chemical factory in the Ukraine which were used in a truck bomb to bring downƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  the Central Bank Building ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ on 31 January 1996, in the heart of Colombo killing 114 and maiming for life another 1,400 innocent civilians.

By doing just that you forfeited your right to talk on Sri Lanka and tell them what to do.

*See who is talking!

-You Liberals had your Minister of Finance Paul Martin and the Minister of International Development Maria Minna with several back benchers like Jim KarygiannisƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  and Wilfert Byron attend a $60 a plate fund raiser on 6 May 2000, for the Tamil Tigers to collect money to buy weapons to kill my people.

By doing just that you forfeited your right to talk on Sri Lanka and tell them what to do.

*See who is talking!

You Liberals participated in the Emergency Debate on Sri Lanka on February 4, 2009, in a full frontal attack on the Sri Lankan government for its effort to eliminate the Tamil Tiger terrorists which I dubbed the debate as the Tamil Tiger Blarney Gong Show.

When you Bob Rae in your role in the cast of the Gong Show as Bob-the-TamilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s-Sucker said:

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-I think it is fair to say that like so many other people around the world who visited and who have been affected by what has gone on, it is a situation that has touched me a great deal.

Like my leader and friend, the Leader of the Opposition, I have lost friends: journalists, political leaders, activists on all sides of the conflict who are no longer with us because they have been killed.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  My experience is nothing in comparison with the experience of a great many people, many of who are in the House tonight, who has lost family.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  I have seen whole towns destroyed by bombing.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  I have seen rubble stretch for miles on end.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

Bob, if that preamble was to establish that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-I know the Sri Lankan situation well and I am non-partisan and honest in my political commentariesƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚, then you were dishonest and a disgrace to represent honest Canadians by not saying:

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Mr. Speaker, it is hard for me to admit as a Canadian politician, but the fact remains that we Canadians are guilty of every death of a Sri Lankan by a bullet and the death of every Sri Lankan from lead pellets shot from a bursting claymore mine, as it were the Canadians who provided funds to buy these arsenal by the Tamil Tigers to go on killing the innocent.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  And that is the fact, Mr. Speaker.

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-Mr. Speaker, I am ashamed to say that we Liberals on this side of the house during our reign of 13 years, who let the Tamils collect two million dollars every month to stuff the Tamil Tiger war chest with which they bought the armoury of arsenal and became the top guns of the killing fields of Sri Lanka.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  That is how well you played your role by omission and commission as Bob-the-TamilƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s-SuckerƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ that evening.

By doing just that you forfeited your right to speak on Sri Lanka and tell them what to do.

*See who is talking!

-In your statement you said: ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-The appointment of this panel by the United Nations is a significant step forward in healing the wounds from last yearƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s conflict which has deeply affected too many Canadian families.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

Michael and Bob I understand that you are spewing stupidity so that the Canadian-Tamils who have a vote can hear, but surely, arenƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t you two guys nuts, or what?

Did you not know that Ban ki-Moon appointing the three person panel has destabilized Sri Lanka when his impudent act has again permitted extremism to reoccupy centre stage in Sri Lanka distracting Sri Lankans from their efforts to reconcile, reconstruct and reintegrate, and that the Sri Lankans in Sri Lanka are fuming and spitting dragon breath at the UN and its Secretary-General, Ban ki-Moon, and very soon might start spitting dragon breath on you two Liberals too.

Did you two not know before you opened your gobs that one of the panellists Steven Ratner has written that the Tamils represented by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (Tamil Tigers) are an oppressed minority, thus disqualifying him ab initio.

Did you two not know that Marzuki Darusman, the leader of the panel who was part of an international team appointed to observe proceedings on a previous Sri Lanka commission on atrocities and left in a huff with strong anti-Sri Lankan feelings. And in view of that hissy-fit, he should have been disqualified for his bias to participate.

Michael and Bob, you two Bobbsey-Twins know sweet nothing to make this statement on Sri Lanka.

*See who is talking!

ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-This is why it is particularly dismaying to hear that the government of Sri Lanka has refused to grant visas to the three members of the UN advisory panelƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ Your statement said.

-Holy Moses, Michael and Bob, you have the gall and the temerity to wag your fingers at the Sri Lankan government for not giving visas to the UN panel members, when they had the right to pick and choose the people who they want to allow enter theirƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ sovereign country when we Canadians made our choice by not giving visas to five Sri Lankan ministers to enter Canada last year.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Remember!ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Who the hell do we think we Canadians are to have that ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-We are holier than ThouƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚ attitude.

ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ Just cut that neo-colonial attitude Michael and Bob.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Sri Lanka has a right to defend itself from bogus Human Rights advocates in the UN when they donƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t have the gumption to go after the big powers like the US and the UK for their oodles of human rights violations in Iraq, Pakistan and Afghanistan.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  That is the bottom line, and I say Bravo! to Sri LankaƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s President for thumbing his nose at you lot and ask you two to go jump in Lake Ontario.

*See who is talking!

Your statement said ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ…-ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚¦andƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  that state-sanctioned protests of the UNƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s Sri Lanka offices, led by the governmentƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢s housing Minister, Mr. Wimal Weerawansa have occurred.ƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ”š‚

And you two, Michael and Bob are now bordering to be a couple of jokers.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  DonƒÆ’‚¢ƒ¢-¡‚¬ƒ¢-¾‚¢t you forget that we Canadians let 20,000 Tamils take over our streets in Toronto and Ottawa during April and May last year carrying a sea of the banned Tamil Tiger terrorist red flags, and block the Gardiner Expressway taking the motorists hostage for hours, saying that these Tamils have their right to protest.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  So what the heck are you two griping about Mr. Weerawansa protesting against the appointing of a UN panel by Ban ki-Moon?

Michael and Bob, who the hell do you two think you are to scold the Sri Lankan government for letting Mr.Weerawansa exercise his rights to protest?ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Surely what is good for the goose should be good for the gander too.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  It is that simple.

Michael and Bob, your statement on Sri Lanka is not worth the paper it is written on.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  I understand that your Sri Lanka policy is driven mainly for the ears of the 100,000 Tamil voters, but then you irritate the ears of non-Tamil Sri Lankan-Canadian voters like me and there are scores of thousands more across Canada.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚ ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Little wonder why I dumped you Liberals and now vote for the Conservatives who banned the Tamil Tigers in April 2006, when you lot refused to do so for 13 long years when all the other western nations had banned them, including the US and the UK.

So let your brains do the thinking for you two before you spit out rubbish about Sri Lanka in the future.ƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Please be a bit more intelligent, bit more circumspect, bit more honest and show a bit more political class rather than being opportunistic muggers seeking ways to win seats in parliament withƒÆ’-¡ƒ”š‚  Sinhalese and Muslim blood soaked Tamil votes.


Asoka Weerasinghe

One Response to “Statement by Canada’s Liberal Party on the UN panel on Sri Lanka”


    Bloody good article!!

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