"Canada clearly cannot allow groups that use terrorism - or the organizations that support such groups - to operate legally in this country," said Nova Scotia based Chronicle Herald supporting the Conservative government's decision to ban the World Tamil Movement, a front organization of the terrorist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).
The Halifax based newspaper known as Canada's longest standing independently owned newspaper said, "TERRORISM - those who practise it and those who support it - has no place in Canada." The editorial also said the Tamil owned businesses have been intimidated to give donations to the terrorist group.
The following are some excerpts from the editorial:
"Ottawa officially placed the Tamil Tigers on its list of terrorist organizations two years ago. The LTTE - Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam - is the guerrilla group that's used extortion, assassinations, suicide bombings and the forced recruitment of child soldiers in its bloody fight for an independent state within the island nation of Sri Lanka. By rightly banning the LTTE, Canada finally joined the United Nations, European Union and many other countries, including the United States, Britain and Australia, in explicitly designating the Tigers as a terrorist group.
"Last week, Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day - citing RCMP evidence which he said showed that the World Tamil Movement (WTM) had been raising funds to support the Tamil Tigers - added the Tamil non-profit group, with offices in Toronto and Montreal, to the terrorist blacklist.
"Faced with hundreds of pages of RCMP affidavits alleging police knew how LTTE leaders in Sri Lanka had been using the non-profit group to extract money from the Tamil community in Canada, Mr. Day had no choice but to act. As the minister pointed out, the WTM - which denies the allegations - has every right to appeal the move, to himself and then to a federal court, where automatic appeal provisions renew every two years.
"Though the Tigers no doubt have the support of some in Canada's Tamil community, there have been reports others, including many Tamil-owned businesses, have felt they've been intimidated into donating significant sums of money - through the WTM - to support the separatist group.
"Mr. Day seemed to suggest the ongoing two-year RCMP investigation into the WTM may soon bring charges against individuals. "Stay tuned," said the minister.
"Canada clearly cannot allow groups that use terrorism - or the organizations that support such groups - to operate legally in this country. At the same time, Canada can continue to try to persuade both sides - the Sri Lankan government and LTTE - to stop the bloodshed and realize an end to the conflict would benefit both peoples."