Sri Lanka has made it plain it wants no part of senior Liberal MP Bob Rae, barring him from entering that country when he arrived at the capital, Colombo, on a flight from Delhi. He, apparently, had successfully applied to the Sri Lankan High Commission for a visa and had discussed his visit with the Sri Lankan Commissioner.
When Rae arrived at immigration in Colombo, he was told that he was being refused entry “on the grounds of national intelligence.” And, after spending over twelve hours at the airport trying to find a reason for the decision, he was told that he will be put on a plane to London.
I can’t say I blame the Sri Lanka officials for taking their position. After all, MP Bob Rae is one of the most senior members of the Liberal Party, prominent members of which have shown support in real and personal form for the large Tamil community in Canada. There are numerous examples of direct support shown to groups the Grits knew were Tamil Tiger supporters. Here are a few examples:
- In March, Gurbax Singh Malhi, MP for Bramalea-Gore-Malton, told demonstrators waving Tamil Tigers flags that, “I’d like to let you know I’m helping you guys. I’m behind you because you are fighting for a right cause.” The protesters then chanted: “Freedom fighters, Tamil Tigers.”
- In 2007, Beaches-East York Liberal Member of Parliament Maria Minna (a former Liberal cabinet minister) and John McKay, Liberal MP for Scarborough-Guildwood were among mourners in Markham who grieved for the death of S.P. Thamilselvan, political head and chief negotiator of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE). Prominent Ontario Liberals were also in attendance.
- In 2000, then-finance minister Paul Martin, and then-minister of international development Maria Minna appeared at a Toronto-area event hosted by a Tamil group that the U.S. State Department has identified as a front for the Tamil Tigers.
While it is unlikely that all members of the Tamil community in Canada backs the Tamil Tigers, that community has sent millions of dollars back to Sri Lanka to support that group in their 25-year civil war. In March, Tamils held a “martyrs’ prayer event” in a Toronto-area banquet hall in honour of two Tamil Tigers killed during a suicide attack in the Sri Lankan capital of Colombo. At the event, some wore clothing bearing the Tamil Tigers insignia. RCMP and a Toronto police officer showed up with video cameras and filmed as the Tamil Tigers flag was raised and several hundred people laid flowers at a makeshift shrine to the dead guerrillas.
Connect the dots: Rae is a prominent Liberal Party official, Liberal Party MP’s have shown support for the Tamils who, in turn, directly support the Tamil Tiger terrorists. Canadian resident Tamils have financed thousands of deaths in Sri Lanka. Why would the Sri Lanka government want to have anything at all to do with Bob Rae?
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