The original request for a personalised pro-LTTE postage stamp in Canada depicting ‘Tamil Eelam’ had been turned down by the Canadian postal service in May 2011, the Canadian High Commission in Colombo said yesterday.
A spokesperson for the Canadian High Commission when contacted by the Daily Mirror said, “The original request for the personalised stamp in question was submitted to Canada Post through its Picture Postage website in May 2011. The submission was rejected and the payment was returned to the requester. The representative advised that officials of Picture Postage had determined that the image was not appropriate as a Canadian postage stamp.”
“Such a stamp was never in legal Canadian circulation. Further investigation of Canada Post’s internal records confirmed that no other requests of this nature had been received since May 2011,” the spokesperson added.
On January 3, Sri Lanka’s High Commissioner to Canada Chitranganee Wagiswara wrote to the Canadian authorities about pro-LTTE postage stamps said to have been issued by Canada Post.
She had expressed the Sri Lankan government’s serious concern about the reported release of a pro-LTTE stamp and urged the Canadian authorities to investigate the matter and take appropriate action.
On January 9, President and Chief Executive Officer of Canada Post Deepak Chopra clarified that such a stamp had never been printed in Canada.
“I had this matter reviewed immediately upon receipt of your letter. Please be assured that the image has never been printed by Canada Post; it is a false representation of our picture postage programme and is being fully investigated by our Security Department,” he wrote to High Commissioner Chitranganee Wagiswara.
He further explained that it “was not printed by our picture postage programme and is in no way part of our official philatelic programme which goes through a very careful selection process including approval by our Board of Director”. (Ayesha Zuhair)
Nodrog Friday, 13 January 2012 06:39
well done. At least you were smart enough not to get tricked.
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saman Friday, 13 January 2012 08:14
possibly because CEO of Canada post is with origin in India.He knows the meaning of request.
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faqi Friday, 13 January 2012 07:58
Then who printed these stamps in Canada?
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Shelton Fernando Friday, 13 January 2012 08:26
What is the problem if Canada issues a stamp depicting the picture of a leader respected by Srilankan tamils? These tamils found it difficult to live with respect in SriLanka and hence took refuge in Canada and in many other western and european nations and are its nationals now leading a good life. Is it itching for Srilankans?
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M.S.MUDALI Friday, 13 January 2012 17:06
Now Tamils in Canada are not much enthusiastic about LTTE. Rudrakumaran gang was able to get a crowd of only 120 in a temple but Canadian High commission was able to pull a crowd of more than 600 for the Deepavali celebration.
This stamp is another form of collecting some dollars to pay their mortgages. Only foolish Tamils will buy them!
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Fair N Square Friday, 13 January 2012 18:46
would you approve a stamp depicting Osama Bin Laden? I guess you would... some forget their land of birth once settled in western shores... and i call em TRAITORS... pure and simple..
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kanesan Saturday, 14 January 2012 05:40
Shelton, Not all the Sri Lankan Tamil respected him. Most of them from Vanni were scared of him.
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BADA-UDA GEMMBA Saturday, 14 January 2012 13:51
Very soon there will be stamps depicting EELAM as a DEVOLVED STATE in Canada, UK,US,Australia, Norway, Sweeden,France,Italy. NZ India etc.......
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