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In what appeared to be a clash of narratives among the Canadian Leaders, Canada’s Foreign Affairs Ministry had informed the Sri Lankan government that Canada had not made any finding that genocide had taken place in Sri Lanka, the Daily Mirror learns.

Canada’s official position contradicts the allegations made by some of its leaders, including Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Daily Mirror learns that the Canadian Foreign Ministry had responded to the Sri Lankan authorities on concerns raised on March 21, 2021 by Brampton’s City Council’s reference to genocide.

While asserting that the municipal and provincial governments enjoy independence from the federal government of Canada, the Canadian Foreign Affairs Ministry had informed Sri Lanka of its official position that “the Government of Canada has not made a finding that there was genocide in Sri Lanka” on April 7, 2021.

However, the Canadian Prime Minister renewed the narrative of genocide on May 18, 2023, a day prior to the anniversary of Sri Lanka’s war victory against the LTTE.

Mr. Trudeau had said that the stories of the Tamil-Canadians affected by the conflict “serve as an enduring reminder that human rights, peace, and democracy cannot be taken for granted."

“That’s why Parliament last year unanimously adopted the motion to make May 18 Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day,” he said.

Sri Lankan rejected this allegation and registered its protest formally by summoning Canadian envoy Eric Walsh.

The Sri Lankan authorities believe that the Canadian politicians keep on making such unsubstantial allegations to appeal to the Tamil vote base in Canada, despite its official position being otherwise.

Canada’s Ontario Legislature has already passed the Tamil Genocide Education Week Act, a private member’s bill tabled by Conservative MP Vijay Thanigasalam, who is of Tamil descent. Some other Sri Lankan Canadians have challenged the constitutionality of the law. (Kelum Bandara)


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  • Vive James Friday, 16 June 2023 08:46 AM

    If not What ? It was not unleashed against singhala people in 1971,1989 or Aragaliya? Always against Tamils. Sarath fonseka openly asked the military or Police not to use force during Aragaliya. Why? Because they were Singhalease. Bankruptcy is not enough for their duplicity and hypocrisy

    Fonseka Friday, 16 June 2023 08:46 AM

    Could the Daily Mirror kindly furnish us with evidence of the Canadian government's stance by publishing the official letter? As of now, the only official acknowledgment is the Canadian Parliament's recognition of the Genocide of Tamils in Sri Lanka on May 18, 2022.

    kudson Friday, 16 June 2023 08:47 AM

    about time for justice

    Christo255 Friday, 16 June 2023 08:47 AM

    To all detractors who were trying to justify Treadeau here I go. Though not a nice thing to say "I said so"

    joshua Friday, 16 June 2023 08:52 AM

    whatever said and done, large numb er of people were killed during the final days of war.

    Dolly Dias Friday, 16 June 2023 08:52 AM

    Pure politics Justin Trudeau and other Canadian politicians are just dancing to the diaspora’s tune to get the vote and stay in power. Most even don't know where Jaffan or even for that matter where Sri Lankan is. It was the Canadian government and church who killed so many FIRST NATION CHILDERN in Residential schools. Not only these children were raped tortured and killed under the watchful eye of the Canadian government and church - the deaths of theses children were even not documented. So who how can the Canada talk or have the right talk about Genocide in Sri Lanka. First they should clean their act. All cheap politics. Dolly

    Winston Friday, 16 June 2023 09:42 PM

    Well said.

    Its partial genocide Friday, 16 June 2023 09:04 AM

    Genocide definition "The deliberate killing of a large number of people from a particular nation or ethnic group with the aim of destroying that nation or group."

    Jude Friday, 16 June 2023 09:08 AM

    Mark my words!! Nothing gonna change, yeah!! Government of Canada stance gonna be, "it's a genocide". The Trudeau led Federal government wants to please Over 200,000 Tamil VOTERS who's voting liberal party in The greater Toronto area GTA. I reiterate in the 2021 federal elections 67% votes Liberal party received came from immigrants mostly from Asian countries voted for Trudeau. The current trend is Less than 1/3 Caucasians vote at general elections!! In other words immigrants putting Trudeau into power. In 2021 Trudeau's, liberal party received only 32.6% of popular VOTES and they were second to Progressive party in terms of popular VOTES. In another words 2/3 of Canadians reject him as the leader but thanks to First Past The Post Election system in Canada make Trudeau PM eventhough his liberal party received only less than 1/3 of total votes. Mind you the Turnout is only 62.3% .

    No Bull No Assumptions only facts Friday, 16 June 2023 10:02 AM

    Truth will prevail. Good lesson for the few in Sri Lanka who are yet making racially biased attempts to survive in politics without doing what needs to be done for the people. Gajendran Gammanpilla Vigneswaran Sarath W are some names that needs to turn a new leaf. Majority of the country is living peacefully without racial bias.

    Sarath Seneveratne Friday, 16 June 2023 10:14 AM

    How India got away Scot-free after killing thousands of Tamils ,not in the jungles and in no man’s land, but in the towns and villages of Jaffna while Sri Lanka is continued to be accused of Tamil killings in the battlefield is a mystery. is a mystery.

    Pra Friday, 16 June 2023 10:57 AM

    Genocide happend in Justin's ganja filled twisted mind.

    Dilikumar from Canada Friday, 16 June 2023 11:45 AM

    There is no contradiction. It's pure black and white in provincial and federal. Systematical genocide took place in Sri Lanka again Tamil minorities from 1956, 1957,1977,1983, 2009 and still continue in a lower level. Please check the Canadian news papers or ask the SL consulate general in Canada to send a copy of the paper cutting.

    Dilikumar from Canada Friday, 16 June 2023 11:50 AM

    From the Canadian news papers; Canadian Parliamentarians recognise Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day. On 18 May, Canadian politicians across all spectrums marked the newly recognized 'Tamil Genocide Remembrance Day' and renewed calls for accountability.

    Victims relative Friday, 16 June 2023 12:08 PM

    There was obvious genocide. No point trying to deny it. Accept it and move on.

    Sad to say. Friday, 16 June 2023 12:37 PM

    How come Canada never condemned US UK actions in Iraq in the past and Russian genocide of Ukranians even now. Double standards just to get votes. Hypocrisy of highest order.

    DOT Friday, 16 June 2023 01:17 PM

    There was an internal conflict which is over. Plenty of mistakes from both sides. Dear PM, if you are still look for cheap labor and cheap publicity will leade to more tamils flying to your country. It will help more genocide type situation @ this end.

    TMDM Jayarathna Friday, 16 June 2023 01:50 PM

    "....the Government of Canada has not made a finding that there was genocide in Sri Lanka on April 7, 2021" end quote. This reports something allegedly happened in 2021? PM's remarks regarding a genocide is different ?

    A brown Indian Friday, 16 June 2023 01:54 PM

    What about 6,000 Red Indian students killed while attending the Canadian Indian residential school system?

    Janaki Chandraratna Friday, 16 June 2023 02:53 PM

    I hope the SL govt. table the the letter from the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs at UNHRC sessions. It is shameful that a a developed country like Canada can mislead a world forum

    Harry de Silva Friday, 16 June 2023 06:29 PM

    If any genocide happened in Sri Lanka after 1983 it was killing Sinhalese brutally by Tigers. Tamil Tigers also killed Tamils including Tamil politicians who opposed to their course. Accordingly May 18 can be commemorated by them as THE END OF SO CALLED GENOCIDE !

    Tissa Fernando Friday, 16 June 2023 06:45 PM

    If there was genoside, how come Tamils continued to live in majority sinhalese areas during the whole time. After 1983 riots which were mainly instigated by then UNP politicians, nothing has really happened to them in Sinhalese majority areas. In Tamil majority areas, if Tamils were killed then it was done by LTTE whose supporters are the same who are behind writing statements for ignorant Canadian prime minister. LTTE killed majority of Tamils and Sinhalese and Muslims and unfortunately, politicians in so called western democracies are siding with the LTTE supporters for the votes.

    rohan herat Friday, 16 June 2023 07:11 PM

    I totally agree with the comments made by dolly dias. these guys are like any other politician will do what ever it takes to stay in power. they killed thousands of native people and they talk about genoside in srilanka .

    Suren Mahe Friday, 16 June 2023 07:24 PM

    Forget about any politicians in Srilanka or in any other Country in the world. Only deal with the facts. Srilanka should accept an International Independent Investigation. But Srilanka doesn't wants it. Why? Still on going structual Genocide and cultural Genocide is happening. All are documented. Face International Criminal Court or International World Court.

    S Siva Saturday, 17 June 2023 07:01 AM

    Genocide includes equating 75 marks for a Jaffna student to 40 marks for a student in another place. Burning libraries of old linguistic manuscripts Totally ignoring appointments to majority of jobs. And get this refusing to tenure expired passports of Sri Lankans who have gone to take refuge for short periods of the country in which they were anywhere in the west. I for one wanted my passport renewed but had to abandon my request and apply for a Canadian Passport. There were several others in my catogory

    VJ Saturday, 17 June 2023 09:11 AM

    Genocide may or may not have happened, but let’s find out for the benefit of our future generations. It is even better for the people of this country if it is proven a genocide did not take place.


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