Canadian politicians wade into the illegal Tamil migrant debate
Since the arrival of 493 illegal Tamil migrants aboard the M.V. Sun Sea this month, Canadian politicians both left and right have waded into the debate.
Politicians have been accused of everything from racist attitude to spooning with the Tamil terrorist organization.
Federal Member of Parliament MP Gurbax Singh Malhi is one of many in the present and the past who have attended Terrorist organization rallies or festival, really not understanding the background or not bothering to look at the big picture.
Liberal MP Gurbax Singh Malhi is accused of attending a banned Tamil Tigers Organization rally, complete with Tamil Tiger flags behind him in which he states "I am helping you guys". Certainly words meant to endear him to a vote rich audience of Tamil Tigers.
Past politically embarrassing moments are nothing new is the quest for votes. This is a common practice in which all politicians are adept at, though many never to bother to find out who the voters are, as long as they vote for them.
One instance many recall would be when our much beloved BC Premier Gordon Campbell and other politicians left wing and right wing attended a 2007 Vaisakhi Sikh Festival in Surrey, BC.
As BC politican's glad-handed and soaked up the festive atmosphere, the Vaisakhi festival was marred by Terrorist undertones which were immediately apparent to everyone, except the party hardy politicians.
CBC news informed our illustrious partying Premier and other disco dancing politicians in attendance if they knew the significance of certain floats passing by and the Sikh terrorist participants mode of dress beside them, complete with Khalistan Insignias?
The media cheerfully informed the Premier and politicians clapping and cheering were in fact in the midst of a banned terrorist organization. It is believed at that moment one could hear a "political pin drop" as explanations and much disco dancing damage control by politicians all around rivaled a Saturday Night Fever dance off.
Sikh organizations, much like Tamil organizations in Canada are tired of being associated with terrorism. Rightfully so, unless proof is at hand, perhaps it is best to holster the Terrorist monikers against organizations, after all, this is Canada. The same can be said against Muslims as well. There will always be a few Terror cells who will spoil it for others who just wish to be Canadian and enjoy life.
Many Canadians witnessed political ethnic voting at it's finest, especially when politicians such as MP. Gurbax Singh Malhi, Premier Gordon Campbell and other politicians state they understand the voting public. Apparently not.
Not to be outdone, one Toronto mayoralty hopeful Rob Ford is looking to raise the ire of the voting Toronto public by stating the con of accepting the bulk of accepting these illegal Tamil migrants currently housed in Metro Vancouver.
As Immigration hearings for 25 undocumented illegal Tamil migrant women continue this week at a youth detention facility in BurnabyBurnaby, it seems the woman have no documents stating their identity, such as a birth certificate or other forms of id.
The remaining 423 undocumented male illegal Tamil migrants, including the yet to be identified Captain and his crew are also going under the interview and background process are also without identification, perhaps slowing the process of who is who even further.
Destroying all forms of identity among illegal migrants is commonplace, leaving immigration officials and R.C.M.P. in a guessing game with no international leads, certainly a game illegal migrants enjoy playing as the illegal migrants remain tight lipped in the hopes a cold case trail will gain them entry into Canada.
The Captain of the M.V. Sun Sea and the crew have yet to be identified, it seems the Captain's 493 passengers are not naming names, much like the past Captain and crew of the October 2009 illegal Tamil migrants, all 79 illegal Tamil migrants, unknown Captain and crew were released to begin life in Canada and all the social benefits the Canadian taxpayer will provide for life.
Mayoralty candidate Rob Ford states that the increased social welfare costs are costs a financially strapped Toronto can ill afford. While other politicians blast Mr. Ford for his racist attitudes.
It seems Mr. Ford is correct in his statements of increased monthly welfare costs said to now to be in the low range of $300,000 dollars a month to the Toronto taxpayer for 447 eligible illegal Tamil migrants if released to begin their life anew in Canada. Mind you this does not include housing, medical, dental, child care benefits or other free social costs which can range in social housing scarce Toronto to an additional tune of close to $1 million dollars a month.
Certainly once word of this windfall hits Tamils in Sri Lanka abroad, a flotilla of ships may soon be hoisting anchor and steaming to our Canadian shores.
Current National Media polls put 89% believe the illegal Tamil migrants should be sent back to Sri Lanka, 8 % believe immigrants are good for this country, and 3 % are undecided.