John speaks at the Canadian Tamil Congress event Remembering the Vanished Voices: Multi-Faith Service for Innocent Lives Lost in Sri Lanka’s War, May 15, 2014. Please visit the gallery for more images.
"Today, I join the Tamils around the world in marking 30 years since the tragic events of July 23, 1983, a day where anti-Tamil riots resulted in the death of over 3,000 innocent civilians and left thousands displaced." (click above to continue reading)
Speaking in the House of Commons on Wednesday, April 24, 2013, Liberal Foreign Affairs critic Bob Rae called on the Conservatives to take serious action against human rights violations in Sri Lanka.
Click above to read Liberal Leader Bob Rae's statement on the Sri Lankan government’s impeachment proceedings against the country’s Supreme Court Chief Justice:
Click above to read the Statement by Liberal Leader Bob Rae on the Situation in Jaffna, Sri Lanka on behalf of the Liberal Party of Canada.
MP John McKay along with Human Rights Watch co-hosts a screening of Sri Lankan Documentary - The Killing Fields on Parliament HIll.
At this time - the end of July - Tamils around the world remember the terrible events in 1983 when many Tamils were killed and many more displaced and made homeless by racially-based riots in Columbo and other centres in Sri Lanka.
“This is not a situation that can be ignored simply because the war has ended. We must continue to work together as a nation to ensure that human rights, democracy and the rule of law are upheld in Sri Lanka as they move forward to face the challenges of their society together.”
The Promotion and protection of human rights is an integral part of Canadian foreign policy. Canada stands up for human rights and takes principled positions on important issues to ensure that freedom, democracy, human rights and the rule of law, values that define this country are enjoyed around the world
Excerts from the House of Commons Official Record. To date the petition has been signed by over 1500 constituents and was presented in groups of 50-100 names. The petition is still available for signing (see below)
Click above to find a printable copy of the petition to the government on the situation in Sri Lanka. Once the petition is filled out please return it to John's constituency office where he will take it to Ottawa for presentation in the House of Commons. To date John has collected over 1500 signatures of constituents.
Click to read the letter from Hon. John McKay PC, MP to constituents on the situation in Sri Lanka and an invitation to sign the riding petition to the government. For more information on the situation in Sri Lanka see "Key Issues."
Dear Friends, I too am gravely concerned about the conflict in Sri Lanka and the toll that it is taking on innocent civilians. On February 4, 2009 I rose in the House of Commons to address this issue... (click above to read more)
"I thought that I might start with a little history. In some measure this conflict is the product of colonialism. When Sri Lanka was called Ceylon it was a British colony. The British had a divide and conquer strategy to pacify the Island. It involved using the minority Tamil population to occupy significant government positions so that the British interests would be protected. Not surprisingly the majority Sinhala population was aggrieved that Tamils were given preference in the civil service and education. When independence came the majority moved to assert itself preferring Sinhala students over Tamils and making Sinhala the sole official language. Over time the oppression of the Tamil minority became more and more oppressive..." (click above to continue)
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