One of the few negatives of immigration is the habit of some of bringing their political beefs with them to our country. Why can’t these people leave their bitterness and biases behind in their homelands and make a new beginning in Canada? A case in point is the recent traffic-snarling demonstration at Toronto in support of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam—a terrorist organization outlawed in 2006 under Canada’s Anti-Terrorism Act. [Source]
When our government outlawed the separatist Sri Lankan group, commonly known as the Tamil Tigers, it made it illegal for anyone in Canada to support or participate in the group’s activities. How then do we have thousands marching on our streets in open defiance of our laws and without legal consequences for the demonstrators?
Back in 2006, federal minister Stockwell Day is quoted as saying that,
“Human rights watch and other groups have reported very clearly that there has been intimidation going on within the Tamil community in Canada.
“The decision to list the LTTE is long overdue and something the previous government did not take seriously enough to act upon. [Apparently nor does the current government.]
“Our government is clearly determined to take decisive steps to ensure the safety of Canadians against terrorism.”
It is my understanding that our federal government’s listing of the Tamil Tigers under the Criminal Code means that any groups or individuals associated with them are also vulnerable to prosecution. It also means it is a criminal offence to participate in the activities of the Tigers, with a punishment of up to 10 years in prison.
Unfortunately, our authorities—including our politicians—seem too spineless to enforce the law.
We cannot be expected to have respect for any of our laws if our authorities are going to pick and choose which ones to enforce. This is especially galling to many of us who came to Canada as immigrants, and who are now Canadians first, law-abiding citizens and hard-working people who pay our taxes and raise families without resorting to unlawfully supporting terrorists groups.