MAY 18, 2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
OTTAWA, ON - The Hon. Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada's Conservatives, issues the following statement to mark the 10th anniversary of Mullivaikal massacre of Tamils:
"Today, Tamil Canadians and people around the world will mark the terrible mass killings of civilians at the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka. We remember the many victims who lost their lives and all those who endured horrific suffering during the war between 1983 and 2009.
"While we recognize today as a solemn occasion, it is also an opportunity for all Canadians to recognize the immense contributions of Tamils to our country. Canada has been a refuge to thousands of Tamils who are proud to call Canada their home.
"Under previous Conservative Prime Minister Stephen Harper, Canada boycotted the Commonwealth Summit in 2013 in light of the serious allegations of human rights abuses committed during the Sri Lankan civil war.
"Our party will always speak out against systematic discrimination and injustices that take place around the world, in the hope that the memory of these events will lead to peace, mutual respect, and the recognition of everyone's right to live in dignity and freedom."
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