NDP Parliamentarian R. Sitsabaisen
Posted on January 6th, 2014

Ira de Silva London, Canada

Hon. T. Mulcair
Leader of the Opposition
House of Commons
Ottawa, Ontario
Dear Sir:
Further to my letter to you of January 3, 2014 regarding the deceitful, dishonest activities of your rookie M.P. Ms Sitsabaisen on a visit to Sri Lanka, I am forwarding to you a news report in Sri Lanka based on an interview she gave there before she left, in which she denies being under house arrest, being intimidated etc. It confirms the fact that this entire episode was a charade she concocted to gain publicity to appeal to the LTTE supporters in Canada who are being wooed by all parties hoping to get votes in Canada. It illustrates the depths to which Canadian politics has sunk and adds to the public’s disgust and distrust of Canadian parliamentarians in general. Refer  http://www.dailynews.lk/local/canadian-mp-denies-house-arrest-claims-during-lankan-visit 
It confirms that she entered Sri Lanka on a tourist visa and that your actions in phoning the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Ottawa was uncalled for and based on false information supplied by pro-LTTE media. LTTE propaganda seems to be the source for all Canadian political parties in their anxiety to harass Sri Lanka to get the votes of Canadian Tamil supporters of the LTTE, Perhaps it is a lesson to all not to believe what they are fed by these unscrupulous agents of the LTTE still operating in Canada – the same people who funded terrorism in Sri Lanka and were supported by unprincipled, uninformed Canadian politicians. It is now reported that she left Sri Lanka to visit the homeland of all Tamils which is Tamil Nadu, India. I would like to point out to you that this is the same M.P. that brought disrepute to Canada during the last election with the possibility of electoral fraud. Refer http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2012/03/13/voter-fraud-scarborough-rouge-river-rathika-sitsabaiesan_n_1343423.html  The question is what you are going to say and do to this unprincipled, deceitful politician who has taken you for a ride? 
She has admitted entering Sri Lanka on a “tourist visa”. She has denied the “house arrest”- “I arrived in this country on a tourist visa. I undertook a tour of the North during my visit. Many sections of the media and certain websites had published false information about my visit and I categorically deny all these false reports,” she said.
“No member of the Security Forces or police ever met me during the visit let alone keeping me under house arrest,” she said. What she has done is to make a fool of you and John Baird and also once again bring disrepute to Canada. Are you going to let her get away with this deceitful, low behaviour or are these the requirements to be a Member of the Canadian Parliament?
You lost no time in calling the Sri Lankan High Commissioner in Ottawa based on lies and deceit by this M.P. Have you since then called to apologise? Why did you call the High Commission and not your M.P.? Are you going to ask her to make a public apology on her return? By copy to the Sri Lankan High Commissioner, it is requested that the Sri Lankan Foreign Office be advised to set in place a protocol for all Canadian parliamentarians and politicians who wish to visit Sri Lanka.
All visas to be issued by the High Commission.
Extensive background check be made on the applicants to ascertain if they have supported fund raising in Canada for terrorism in Sri Lanka. Have they provided political support for terrorism in Sri Lanka? If so, they should not be issued visas as they have been responsible for terrorism which is an offence in Canadian law and international law.
A written legal undertaking be provided that they will not abuse their visa and engage in politics in Sri Lanka.
Although Ms. Sitsabaisen has stated in the interview that  “she arrived in Sri Lanka on a tourist visa and promised that she would never act in a manner that would contravene immigration and emigration regulations” I trust the Sri Lankan mission will blacklist her and not permit her to set foot in Sri Lanka again after this stunt because she can not be believed or trusted. The same should apply to any other political hopefuls from Canada who merely use Sri Lanka to appeal to their LTTE support base in Canada. Let them get votes based on their efforts to serve Canadians in Canada. 
I would like to conclude by reminding you and the others on the copy list that Canada has the right to deny entry whether the applicants are M.P.s, wannabe M.P.s or any others. This same right applies to other countries. In the case of Sri Lanka in particular, because of the very vociferous, anti- Sri Lanka, pro LTTE rhetoric that is the norm for many politicians trying to get a few hundred Tamil votes in Canada, it would be in Sri Lanka’s best interests to distance itself from Canada as Canada has only brought grief and caused many deaths in Sri Lanka.
Yours truly,
Ira de Silva

London, Canada

3 Responses to “NDP Parliamentarian R. Sitsabaisen”

  1. Ratanapala Says:

    In late 2001 after the 9/11 attacks on the US by Al-Quaeda, I wrote the following about Canada and her involvement with the LTTE. In the inter-weaning period of 13 year to date little seems to have changed in the attitude of this country towards Sri Lanka. It is not only the Tamil vote that is fashioning her attitude towards Sri Lanka a majority Sinhala Buddhist nation, but also her close affiliation with the Catholic Church. 13 years ago the Tamil vote did not matter much as it is now today!

    “Has Canada unwittingly helped kill 15,000 people in Sri Lanka?

    In the early days Canada was considered a country which helped poorer countries like Sri Lanka with no strings attached. Later on when it started work on the Maduru Oya project in Eastern Sri Lanka it started meddling in the internal affairs of Sri Lanka by making highly opinionated comments about how land allocations should be done in the Eastern Sri Lanka. Recently when the Canadian High Commissioner in Sri Lanka referring to the LTTE leader Prabhakaran, asked from a journalist whether Prabhakaran is a Terrorist. Now Canada in the wake of the September 11th terror attacks and under seeming duress from the US has labeled LTTE (Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam) as a terrorist organization. I wonder what euphemism the Canadian High Commissioner would like to attach to Prabhakaran now.

    Under the circumstances it is surprising for us to find the reluctance of Finance Minister to include FACT(Federation of Associations of Canadian Tamils) – the leading front organization for LTTE in Canada as a terrorist support group. This is beside the fact that CSIS and federal justice lawyers have identified FACT as a part of a global support network that provides political and economic backing to the Tamil Tigers.

    It is estimated that up to 25% of funds for the LTTE coffers are made from Canadian sources. Now Canada has listed LTTE’s as a terrorist organization and its property was ordered frozen by the superintendent of financial institutions. The LTTE has been responsible for the death of over 60,000 people in Sri Lanka during the last 18 years. Would it not be reasonable to assume that Canada has unwittingly helped and subsidized the killing of at least 15,000 people in Sri Lanka.

    We hope Canada will accept its mistakes in the past and come out clean to make the world free from Terrorism. FACT should be included in the list of Terrorist Support Organizations. Sooner it is done the better it is for the innocents in Sri Lanka.”

    In effect Canada must pay war reparations to Sri Lanka for her actions against SrI Lanka in terms of damage to life, limb and property by allowing funds generated in Canada to fund the LTTE war machine and stop the advancement of a developing country over a period of nearly 30 years.

    In short having done all these dastardly crimes, and being hypocritical of the way it is treating her own “First Nations” or the aboriginal people of Canada – Canada is a shameless country!

  2. Sooriarachi Says:

    When elections to the parliament comes, Sri Lankans should vote for any person from any party who is likely to defeat a candidate from any party aligned with the Tigers, like this Canadian woman Sitsabaisan. Yes, irrespective of party affiliations, just oppose those who carry propaganda for Tiger separatists. This could have some impact in marginal seats.

  3. L Perera Says:

    I cannot agree more with Sooriaarachi. Writing lengthy articles and letters to Canadian ethno-political scum is a waste of time. What’s needed is a course of action by the many SL patriots . Organise yourselves and carry out a plan as suggested by Sooriarachi. Action is worth a trillion words .

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