Statement by Leader of NDP Canada, Tom Mulcair on Black July


Dear Friend,

Today, New Democrats join Tamils from across Canada and around the world as we mark the 30th anniversary of the Black July Pogroms with great sadness.

The repercussions of these brutal actions and heartbreaking loss can still be felt by Tamils living in Sri Lanka as well as the Tamil diaspora.

That is why New Democrats remain concerned about the treatment of minority communities in Sri Lanka and will continue defending the interests of Tamil Canadians in the House of Commons.

We also urge the Canadian government to remember this tragedy by taking firm diplomatic action and boycotting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting scheduled to take place in Sri Lanka this November.

Watch my question in the House of Commons to the Prime Minister, calling for a full boycott.

Canada must take a principled stance regarding the Sri Lankan government’s continued human rights abuses and refusal to conduct an independent investigation of war crimes allegations.

If you haven’t already, please sign our petition calling for accountability in Sri Lanka.

Lest we forget.

Tom Mulcair
Leader of Canada’s Official Opposition


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