GL clashes with Canadian Senator over CJ impeachment

23 March 2013 12:59 am - 55     - {{hitsCtrl.values.hits}}


A heated exchange took place at a guest-lecture by visiting Canadian Senator Hugh Segal at the Lakshman Kadirgamar Institute yesterday when the impeachment of Chief Justice Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake arose during the ensuing question and answer session.

Responding to a journalist, Senator Segal said the Canadian Federal Court and the Supreme Court had given many rulings against the Canadian Government on the issue of the ‘first nations’, which constitute four percent of the total population.

“We [the government] have suffered as a matter from our courts but we didn’t impeach the Chief Justice as a result,” the Senator said.

Making his closing remarks External Affairs Minister Prof. G.L Peiris lashed out at Mr. Segal for his comment on the impeachment.

“I take exception to this remark which was the only unwarranted and inappropriate remark made. Had I not been your host I would have reacted more sharply. I would not have dreamt of making such a remark if I were visiting your country. I am appalled and taken aback by it because there is no nexus in this,” Prof. Peiris said. (Hafeel Farisz and Lahiru Pothmulla)

  Comments - 55

  • KavumKannaYodaya Saturday, 23 March 2013 07:36 AM

    Brother GL, HE IS SPEAKING THE TRUTH, even you know that. You are helpless, we ALL know. If you don't DEFEND, you may also face the same

    cocohead Saturday, 23 March 2013 07:36 AM

    now that you shut him up..its time for you to shut up too

    HelloWorld Sunday, 24 March 2013 12:34 AM

    guilty conscience pricks the mind!!! hahaha .... GL

    Suq Madique Saturday, 23 March 2013 03:18 AM

    GLP is always a tiger at home but a pussy cat when abroad.

    Bob Seygal Saturday, 23 March 2013 07:39 AM

    Well said GL. .

    Real Peace Saturday, 23 March 2013 03:21 AM

    Though you are a foreigner, thank you Senator for speaking for all Sri Lankans....!!

    Muthu Saturday, 23 March 2013 03:24 AM

    Well said Canadian senator. However stop harboring LTTE rump.

    never4get Saturday, 23 March 2013 07:43 AM

    The remarks were during question time, anyone can ask anything and answer anything during that priviledge time. What media freedom is this. A seasoned academician like you should have known where to blow your fuse. Yes, GL hightime you hung your boots. Am I correct when I say that when votes were taken you were in Sri Lanka!!

    sbd Saturday, 23 March 2013 03:31 AM

    You can not hide behind facts GL. SC decision & Appeal court decision are known world over & you can not hoodwink the truth.This is the main reason for your failure as FM.

    Chief Guest Sunday, 24 March 2013 02:52 PM

    Nearing the END of the regime and thereby end of GL's carrier............

    Glpr Saturday, 23 March 2013 07:47 AM

    Tell all , Our. Boss is always right.. They are jealous

    Lal.Fernando. Saturday, 23 March 2013 03:34 AM

    WE should be able to accept praise and critisisam.

    Jagath Saturday, 23 March 2013 11:08 AM

    True, Dr. Shirani was removed b/s she gave judgements against the government (Divi Naguma, Zcore etc.)

    Srilankan Saturday, 23 March 2013 07:53 AM

    Well Said. GL answered and lashed out at this Canadian baboon who is probably funded by LTTE viscious circle. Thank you Sir for your couragrous remarks.

    t.h.wong Saturday, 23 March 2013 07:56 AM

    new commonwealth values very amply demonstrated by
    the hon senator ie insulting the host

    leel Saturday, 23 March 2013 11:13 AM

    And also he has not told any thing about Srilanka or the government, he has told about their government.

    Matalan Saturday, 23 March 2013 03:37 AM

    Prof Peiris - Truth does hurt, doesn't it?

    Calistus Jayatilleke Saturday, 23 March 2013 03:38 AM

    He just reflects the typical "head in the sand" attitude of the government when it comes to such issues where the government is at fault. Nevertheless, the way in which the government managed to throw the chief justice out with the farce of a select committee doing the bidding of the highest authority in the land, is to say the least, shameful and unbecoming of a so called democratic country.

    Matalan Saturday, 23 March 2013 03:39 AM

    We may think everything we have and what we do is right, but outside our little well, they do things better which we have long forgotten.

    chandrakumar Saturday, 23 March 2013 06:01 AM

    May be as he showed some courage to stand against this Canadian bankrupt polititian who had no say in SriLankan matters whatsoever.

    sam Sunday, 24 March 2013 03:31 AM

    I don't want any foreigner to speak on behalf of me.

    Barath Saturday, 23 March 2013 04:24 AM

    Nearing the of his carrier, GL can say anything betraying professionalism. He was more interlectually honest during 2002 peace process.

    Asoka Saturday, 23 March 2013 04:27 AM

    You are very correct, GL. Lickers of the EU and terrorists supporting countries always getting hurt. World knows who introduced world's first woman prime minister.

    chandra Saturday, 23 March 2013 03:53 PM

    GO GL GO

    comis king Sunday, 24 March 2013 03:53 PM

    he is a great speaker but he is nil in implementing actions.

    Cobra Saturday, 23 March 2013 01:11 AM

    GL should have blown his fuse in Geneva after the Resolution was passed. Time's up GL gracefully retire!

    Gon Banda Sunday, 24 March 2013 04:00 PM

    Every outsider is poking into the internal affairs of Sri Lanka. The impeachment has nothing to do with Canada. We do not butt into the internal affairs of Canada. For instance, the genocide committed against the 'first people of Canada" by the Canadian immigrants from Europe.

    Samir Saturday, 23 March 2013 04:32 AM

    Canada will not come for CHOGM .........pls don't come CAN +ADA

    Andrew Pitugala Saturday, 23 March 2013 01:12 AM

    GL reserved his fighting spirits until the UNHCR sessions were over !!!!!!!

    Muyeen Sunday, 24 March 2013 04:08 PM

    Mr G L , get alert , chndirika is coming to power again , your name is first in her list

    Shalini Saturday, 23 March 2013 01:31 AM

    Well done. Don't be afraid to these westerners and let our country down

    Kit Udugama Saturday, 23 March 2013 04:34 PM

    Most Western diplomats and politicians have been bought by the LTTE for money and various other favours.

    dave Saturday, 23 March 2013 04:57 AM

    Good Slap.
    Why they are getting Itched for other countries affairs.
    Specially pertaining to Political..
    Are we slaves of them or are they feeding us

    Jamies Sunday, 24 March 2013 05:44 AM

    How can we hide behind GLass..?!! Where is our 'Samma ditti' quality?

    lal Saturday, 23 March 2013 04:48 PM

    Yeas please,it's time to retire.

    Kamran Saturday, 23 March 2013 05:04 AM

    The only 'cabinet intellectual's intellect has been severely damaged by association with the rest of the cabinet as evidenced by his speeches and actions.

    Wickremaratne Saturday, 23 March 2013 02:01 AM

    What is wrong with Canadians? Inferiority Complex!

    kiwi Saturday, 23 March 2013 02:05 AM

    Truth hurts doesn't it????

    Godaya Saturday, 23 March 2013 05:09 PM

    Dear Mr GL please go to Canada on a fact finding mission on the chicken pox covered blankets given to the red indian Communities, when their land was stolen.

    Prasad Saturday, 23 March 2013 05:09 AM

    What bulshit. Everyone is trying to teach us these days. Send a copy f Mahayana to all these guys to read.

    Punny Pellow Saturday, 23 March 2013 02:23 AM

    Truth, when expressed always hurts!. To Great Liars, it hurts much more!!

    J. Dorine Saturday, 23 March 2013 05:40 PM

    Well done GL. However, I find you to be too timid in countering these western gorillas who lack basic civility and decorum when dealing with Sri Lanka (thanks to the puppet Ranil and incompetent Chandrika who invited and worshiped these in-suit street thugs, to mess with our internal affairs).

    gulflad Saturday, 23 March 2013 07:07 AM

    Too late the Hero!!!

    wijebahu Saturday, 23 March 2013 02:50 AM

    C'MON, GL you know you are a just another witness to this whole impeachment saga which was carried out without any credible inquiry, your Job is to defend that wrong action at any cost. Canadian senator was spot-on, you do not need to be a Law professor to understand what he said.

    Lost Lankan Saturday, 23 March 2013 02:51 AM

    Freedom of speak, accountability and democracy prevails in these countries, that is why these countries are very successful in all terms.

    chandra Saturday, 23 March 2013 02:54 AM

    Mr.GL true son of Mother Lanka.

    rohan Saturday, 23 March 2013 06:37 PM

    After all impeachment of CJ brought bad reputation to the country.That we all have to accept.

    ADIKARAM Saturday, 23 March 2013 02:57 AM


    Justice Saturday, 23 March 2013 03:04 AM

    GL you can retire now. What are you talking. Intl has proved you guys are not honest. At leas learn from some one the mistakes you made.think and do good for the country's future.

    polpot Saturday, 23 March 2013 07:29 AM

    He should have explined the reasons for impeachment...Even not clear to us?

    sinha ranasinha Saturday, 23 March 2013 07:31 AM

    Sir , Mr G.L Peris, you did great job. We should show as a country we have backbone. Thank you Sir..

    John Saturday, 23 March 2013 05:40 AM

    Yes PLEASE GL......?

    Sinhacub Saturday, 23 March 2013 03:13 AM

    No, the Canadian Government did not impeach the Chief Justice, but what came as a result of it? The first Nations people are still living in conditions worse than some of those worst cases in developing countries. No running water and no sanitation in several reserves, and this from a developed country who can criticize Lanka?.

    Justice Saturday, 23 March 2013 03:13 AM

    GL. Don't jump from party to party and don't ruin our country. All the lies are counted.

    Vickster Saturday, 23 March 2013 07:35 AM

    "I would not have dreamt of making such a remark if I were visiting your country" Yeah? Without MR's permission you wouldn't do anything!

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