by Harrish Thirukumaran
14 days. That is the time remaining before Canadians – across this vastly diverse geographic landscape choose the political party best suited to govern Canada on October 19, 2015. They shall likely begin finalizing their choice for the crucial ballot question, as the 42nd federal campaign draws to a conclusion. According to one of the latest poll numbers from Nanos Research, nationally, the Liberals lead with 35.3%, Conservatives at 31.0%, NDP, 24.3%, and the Greens with 4.5%, within 3.0 percentage points 19 times out of 20. Initially a three-way race between the frontrunner New Democrats, Conservatives, and the Liberals, the latter two parties have locked into a final showdown between the latter two parties. For the overwhelming number of voters opposed to the prospect of a fourth mandate to Stephen Harper, and his Conservative Party, they should now be identifying themselves with the Liberal Party of Canada. [MJ]
By Siva Sivapragasam
Speaking further, Mr. Anandasangaree added that countries like Canada should also monitor the progress of the hybrid court to ensure that the recommendations of the UNHRC are carried out in a timely manner to ensure justice to the war affected victims.
Mr. Anandasangaree has been in the forefront in attending throughout the Geneva sessions of the UNHRC on the violation of human rights during the war and offering valuable advice. Gary Anandasangaree is an internationally recognized human rights lawyer and community activist who had advocated tirelessly for education and justice. He is seeking federal election for the Scarborough Rouge – Park riding as a Liberal candidate. [MJ]
The Human Rights Investigation report on Sri Lanka compiled by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released last month has revealed much information about the alleged activities of the Sri Lankan armed forces, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and state affiliated para – military outfits such as the Eelam Peoples Democratic Party (EPDP) and Tamil Makkal Viduthalaip Puligal (TMVP) during the final phase of South Asia’s longest war. While overseas members of the LTTE demonstrate in Geneva with tiger flags and portraits of LTTE supremo Veluppillai Prabhakaran , those who read the UN report are appalled and horrified by the acts of cruelty perpetrated by the LTTE on its own people. Among the many aspects focused upon by the UN investigation report on Sri Lanka – abbreviated as OISL report – is the tragic phenomenon of forcible recruitment of Tamil civilians by the LTTE. [DBSJ]