இவற்றிற்கான களஞ்சியம் 'Canada' வகை

Aug 26 2010


CAPitalZ

Is conservative government making Canada a racist state?

Filed under Canada, Government, Politics, Tamils

I still remember, I was put in an ESL level 2 [English as a Second Language] class in one of the suburbs of Toronto, after I came to Canada in 1995.  The whole class is full of immigrants.  I was really in shock.  I used to wonder, how could this be?  The country I’m from does not even handle another set of people – Tamils, while Canada accepts and most importantly welcomes people from all over the world.  We had to write journals everyday in our ESL class.  I remember, I always write about how Canada is a racism free country and how I truly feel the freedom and all.  My English teacher used to tell me, that I can’t escape writing about this all the time.  I have to come up with something new.  I was not writing to escape the hardship of writing English journal everyday, where English is not my strength.  I truly felt it.

More or less, I did not feel any racism up until recently – till less than 500 Tamil asylum seekers landed in BC.

Canada’s Public Security Minister Vic Toews insists the MV Sun Sea, which arrived on the BC coast carrying just under 500 Tamil refugee claimants, is full of terrorists and human smugglers. But neither recent history nor reliable intelligence seem to back up his claims.  Even strange is how he commented about the asylum seekers even before they landed and identified.  It makes me wonder, if it were white Caucasians on board, would he have commented the same way?  I’m sure he would have said, we cannot comment on the asylum seekers as we do not have any info of how many and who they are.  Only after Canadian border services identified all, he might have commented positively or negatively. Just blatantly to say they are terrorists and human smugglers even before they know the exact head count of how many people on the boat is really makes it a racist reaction.

To make it worse, Toronto mayor wanna be Rob Ford said that there should be no more refugees allowed in GTA.  He is working against the majority immigrants population in GTA.  I am an immigrant to Canada, and I would like my relatives to come to Canada, and hopefully they will reside nearby where I reside in GTA. Concerned enough, Rob Ford has been charged with assaulting and uttering death threats against his wife after police were called to his Etobicoke home yesterday morning.  Wanna be Toronto Mayor beating his wife, advocating against immigrants.   So definitely, I’m not voting for Rob Ford.

As the crown for all these racist reaction, GTA’s prominent media puts out a poll asking users to vote “Will you welcome the Tamil migrants to Toronto?“  I just wonder again, would it be OK to say “Will you welcome the Chinese migrants to Toronto?” or “Will you welcome the French migrants to Toronto?”  If this poll is not racist, what is racist?  As I’m a Tamil living in GTA, I really got offended.  I sent an email to them from my work email address, and I did not receive any reply back.

The Canada that welcomed me does not seem to be the Canada that rotates now.  Is it the Conservative government racist or is Canadians overall becoming racist?

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Apr 30 2009


CAPitalZ

Canada deserted Canadian Tamils; Who is next?

Filed under Canada, Politics

I am very disappointed that all our parliamentarians deserted us, Tamil Canadians, on Tuesday April 21 2009, in Ottawa, except NDP Leader Jack Layton.  I was particularly disappointed that Liberals also did not show up.  Only a representative from the Liberal office read a pre-written statement from Liberal Leader Michael Ignatieff.

Canada is not a neutral country, as it took side with the Sri Lankan government by banning LTTE in 2006, and it must be noted, in the same year Sri Lanka withdrew from the ceasefire unilaterally, then officially in 2008. This month, Sri Lanka removed Norway from the role of a broker.

I only went to the protest in Ottawa during weekends and I did not go to the Tuesday’s protest.  But I definitely feel left alone by the Conservative Canada government. With that I also felt my democratic voices were ignored and rejected.

There are many young and old Tamils who took part in this two week old protest, day and night continuously. People took great effort to not even stop for a minute of the slogan chanting. People took turns and Tamils all over Canada came on their expense willingly to take part.  Many voluntarily gave food, short eats and coffee free of charge in support of the protest. In a nutshell this was a spontaneous grassroots efforts.

Yet, Conservative Government of Canada let Canadian Tamils down.  I was very much saddened that government officials did not even listen to the hungry strikers.  Canadian Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said Canada will not bow to pressure to remove the Tamil Tigers from the list of banned terrorist groups.  That was not one of the demands of the hungry strikers or the protest in whole. This shows how Conservative Canada is not even willing to listen to the protesters.  Protest was about asking Canada to demand immediate ceasefire, and if the Sri Lankan government does not listen, then put economic sanctions and/or recall our ambassador.  Yet, Conservative Canada was not even willing to listen to the protesters and they assumed our demands were something else.

Canada is built on immigration and is continually being built on it.  There are many in this country that has some sort of ties with their mother land.  I think it became evident that Tamils should enter Canadian politics and support and raise their voice for all those oppressed who have no country and long for one.

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