Saturday, 31 January 2009

Selling Your Daughters For Canadian Citizenship: The Death Of Amandeep Kaur Dhillon.

Amandeep Kaur Dhillion was stabbed to death on January 1, 2009. Her father-in-law is charged with first degree murder. As heinous as the act is the real tragedy lies with Amandeep's parents who sold her into a loveless arranged marriage for the purposes of immigrating to Canada. Here is the Toronto Star article on the crime.

She was the ticket to a better life

Before Amandeep Dhillon's short life ended in her murder, she was caught between a new family in the GTA she barely knew and one back in India
Jan 31, 2009 04:30 AM
Raveena Aulakh
STAFF REPORTER


Amandeep, 22, was found stabbed to death at a grocery store in Mississauga on New Year's Day.

Her father-in-law, Kamikar Singh Dhillon, 47, is charged with first-degree murder.

Amandeep's family has been left grieving with few answers. The slaying has also shaken the South Asian community and again raised concerns about the lack of social support for immigrant women, particularly young brides who leave their home and family behind, to live with another family they hardly know.

Some endure a life of isolation and extreme hardship, with the hope their own family – which has invested heavily in dowry money – will one day join them in Canada.

The Star spins the story to focus on the problems of immigrant women from South Asia and the lack of social programs available to help them cope. The paper did this so as not to offend the growing South Asian colonies which is one of the many growing ethnic colonies in Toronto and the surrounding area on which the journal is pegging its financial future. The real story here, which is to the shame of South Asian immigrants, is the selling of their daughters into loveless arranged marriages for the purposes of immigrating to Canada.
SHE WAS her family's ticket to Canada.

Amandeep had turned 18 in 2005 and was studying at a college in northern India, when her parents, Kulwant Kaur and Avtar Singh Benipal, told her a family in Toronto was keen to marry their son, Gurinder Singh Dhillon, to her.

Everything happened in a matter of a few weeks: two men and a woman – common friends – came to meet her one evening in October. They asked a few questions, took some photographs and left a photo of the young man, a beefy 26-year-old with a boyish face. The next day, they phoned to say the wedding should take place on Nov. 11.

Amandeep's family was thrilled. No one had met the boy or his parents, or asked any questions, but it didn't matter. He lived in Canada. An arranged marriage to someone living in North America was seen as a step to prosperity not only for the bride but eventually her family too.

Iqbal Singh Benipal, a friend of the family who lives in Brampton, said when the groom is from Canada or the United States, "Not many people care to even meet the guy before the wedding. It happens all the time in Punjab."

In this case, the boy's relatives had assured Amandeep's family she would be happy.

The family didn't argue when dowry was settled at roughly $54,000, an excessive amount but seen as an investment in their own future. This was in addition to $15,000 the family spent on a lavish three-day wedding that was attended by more than 600 guests.

A month after the wedding, Amandeep's parents were asked by her in-laws to send an extra $2,500 to Canada or her immigration papers would not be filed. Her father, Avtar, pawned his wife's jewellery and sent the money.


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Dowries were outlawed in India in 1961 but it is common for the groom's side to seek a dowry and for the bride's side to provide one. The dowry – cash and gifts – is meant to smooth their daughter's move into the new home.

Though rarely talked about in Punjab, it is understood that when a son or daughter marries and moves to North America or England, they will apply for their family to join them. Amandeep was expected to do the same for her parents, her sisters Pawandeep, 20 and Jasvir, 16, and brother Rajvir, 12. When she flew to Canada in May 2006 to join her husband, her family was already counting the days until they would follow.

The rest of the article highlights the terrible period of transition and isolation Amandeep endured when in Canada. Her happiness was sacrificed so that her father-in-law can extract $54,000 out of her family in Punjab, India (plus the $15,000 spent on the wedding as well as the $2,500 to file her immigration papers) and also so she can be used by her relatives in Punjab, India to immigrate to Canada. She was used by conniving selfish men and women to satisfy their materialist fantasies to be realized in the shopping mall that is Canada.

How many Punjab immigrants are in Canada because they sold their daughters off into loveless arranged marriages is anyone's guess. If we consider the amount of marriage fraud that plagues the South Asian community it probably happens more often then we care to admit.

How this kind of immigration benefits Canada the answer is clear. It doesn't! It only benefits the immigrant who is abusing an easily exploitable system which is why Canada needs to put a stop to it and severely restrict family class immigration. This, plus the amount of fraud that plagues Punjab, India it is in Canada's best interest to curtail immigration from that region of India and heavily scrutinize all immigration from it.

This is asking for too much. Though I personally have not experienced any benefit from immigration from Punjab, India and I imagine most Canadians haven't either there are still many immigrants from Punjab, India who managed to get into Canada one way or another. And they vote! And because they vote there will be no political will to stop the abuse either from Canada's politicians or from the South Asian community. Though it's morally wrong it must continue.

Friday, 30 January 2009

Buy Canada Citizenship.

When I was blogging about a story in the Toronto Star newspaper an Ads By Google ad on the online edition caught my attention.

BUY CANADA CITIZENSHIP it reads. (Actually is should read "BUY CANADIAN CITIZENSHIP" if it wanted to be grammatically correct but since English is not really a requisite to immigrate to Canada anymore who's going to notice?)

"Invest Cad$120,000 to immigrate permanently to Canada in 15 months" is what follows next. So it looks like Canadian citizenship is worth $120,000 for one "investor" on the international citizenship market.

If you really wanted to game it get 12 people to pool $10,000 each for one person to "invest" and then sponsor the others once the initial "investor" buys his citizenship.

Or you can buy a business for $120,000 and thus buy your Canadian citizenship. Then hire an imported relative or relatives, or a recent immigrant or immigrants, to work at your business and voila, you've create jobs for Canadians.

Or you can invest $120,000 dollars and then capitalize on your investment once you get your citizenship and you can get your citizenship for almost nothing, maybe free, if things work out.

Or if you are a criminal looking to expand your operations you can invest $120,000 in some store or something, get your citizenship, and then set up shop in Canada. If not that then use Canada as a refuge for yourself and your family when the heat is on in your home country.

Got any other ideas then post them in the comments.

Now that I think about it this may explain why so many franchises are going up. You have one wealthy individual who wants to add Canadian citizenship to his or her collection of status symbols or as an insurance policy. So he or she buys a franchise as a means to buy his or her citizenship. Of course you need people to build these places and to work at these typically low skilled, low paying jobs. And if you have other people doing this across the country and they too need people to build and work at the low skilled, low waged jobs they offer then you have, presto, a job boom and a labour shortage. How's that for a self perpetuating system. You have immigrants who open so many franchises that they need immigrants to work them. The benefits to Canadians are obvious. (They're there, you're just not looking hard enough.)

I'm being silly of course. I don't know if that is what's really going on but I wouldn't be surprised if that is the case. It would explain why almost every time in Toronto I order a blue berry fritter from Tim Hortons I'm usually served by a South Asian.

The investor class has turned out to be a real joke. It has not created jobs for Canadians as it was designed to do. In fact it has been dumbed down so much that all one has to do is create a job for one, that's right, ONE Canadian and that one Canadian may be an immigrant who has only been in the country less than a month.

Ever wonder why so many corner stores are owned by Asians? Now you know. You invest in a corner store, employ yourself and/or a relative and you get citizenship. I know no real jobs were created for Canadians but that's not the real intent of the investor class and of the immigration system in general. It's just another avenue for those employed in Canada's immigration industry to get work.

I'm not going to link to the page that offered the ad. I don't want to give the bozo any business.

Time To Close Canada's Diplomatic Mission In Fraud Plagued Chandigarh, Punjab, India.

Here is another Toronto Star article exposing the fraud that plagues India's Punjab region.

Trafficking in false promises

Immigration tricksters in Punjab region prey on Indians who hope for new lives in Canada

Jan 29, 2009 04:30 AM
Rick Westhead
SOUTH ASIA BUREAU


Kapurthala, India–One morning in February 2007, Harvinder Singh read an ad in a local newspaper that promised to change his life.

The ad offered a visa to Canada and a $450-a-week job as a kitchen helper at a Crowne Plaza hotel in Toronto. Singh answered the ad, and agreed to pay an immigration consultant a $12,500 advance and an equal amount when his immigration documents were prepared.

Today, however, Singh, 31, is still working for his father in this blue-collar city in the northern Punjab region, manning the family photo shop and tending 1.2 hectares of wheat fields on the outskirts of town.

Police say the rise of unregulated immigration consultants is the most troubling crime trend in the state, ahead of a burgeoning drug problem and sectarian violence.

Immigration consultancy is one of the occupations that has exploded out of Canada's immigration industry. It is unregulated which means anyone can be an immigration consultant. All you need is an office and a telephone and that's it. Ethics are optional and may in fact hinder your success.

Because it is unregulated and since Canadian citizenship trades high in the international citizenship market immigration consultancy has attracted many unscrupulous individuals. Sadly many of these shady people are immigrants to Canada themselves who "consult" other immigrants on how to game Canada's immigration system, that is if they are not gaming their clients.

A city of about 1.4 million where a distillery and railcar assembly line are the main employers, Kapurthala may be ground zero for immigration fraud, say Canadian immigration officials in Chandigarh, the state capital of Punjab

[...]

"The five visa officers who staff the Chandigarh mission's consular section are deluged with applications sent with phony documents, mission staff say. Over the past year, 85 per cent of employment letters related to work visa applications have been forgeries.

Although no hard statistics are available, staff say other categories such as temporary visit and student visas are similarly rife with fraud. And unlike Singh, some would-be immigrants are willing participants in their bogus applications, staff say.

The article gives some examples.

One doctored bank document suggested a visa applicant had a balance of about $25,000 when he actually had about $7.50

A fake airline ticket submitted in another case shows an applicant had booked a direct flight between Toronto and New Delhi on a route Air Canada no longer flies.

Then there are forged letters from Canadian funeral homes, submitted by applicants asking to travel to Canada after a death in the family.

I've blogged about the Chandigarh consulate before and you can read it here.

Chandigarh is the capitol city of Punjab and the Canadian consulate is the only diplomatic mission in the city. That's because it was established by a Liberal government to reward Indo-Canadian voters, mostly Sikh voters, for voting Liberal in previous elections. It was built irrespective of warnings that the Punjab region of India is a "hot bed" for fraud. The mission seems to benefit no one aside from Sikhs living in Canada, Sikhs living in the Punjab, for ethnic vote pandering politicians, and it serves no other purpose than to import more Sikhs into Canada. Aside from that it is a waste of $25 million dollars a year. Canada already has diplomatic missions in India. It doesn't need one in Chandigarh.

Ethnic vote pandering is not beneath any Canadian politician of course. Here is the Toronto Star's Ian Urquhart on Ontario Premier Dalton McGunity's visit to Punjab during his trade mission to India.

On his previous stops in his tour of India – Delhi, Bangalore, Mumbai (Bombay) – McGuinty was received politely but nonchalantly. Indians in those cities have been inundated with foreign dignitaries in recent years and have become rather blasé about it.

[...]

But it was an entirely different story in Punjab, which is in the north end of the country and somewhat off the beaten track for foreign visitors.

Why did McGuinty go there?

Punjab is the homeland of the Sikhs, and there are some 250,000 Sikhs living in Ontario, including three MPPs who accompanied McGuinty on his tour: Harinder Takhar, minister of small business, and backbenchers Kuldip Kular and Vic Dhillon.

[...]

What all this had to do with a trade mission to India is a good question.

The business leaders who had been accompanying McGuinty at the earlier stops all abandoned the tour before it reached Punjab. Their absence in Punjab was disdainfully noted by the half-dozen representatives of the Punjabi-Canadian media following McGuinty on his tour. They peppered him with questions about what business was actually being transacted in Punjab, and McGuinty responded with bafflegab.

The answer to the question, of course, is that the Punjab leg of the tour was an opportunity for McGuinty to have positive images of himself beamed back to voters in ridings in Brampton and Mississauga, where Ontario's Sikhs are concentrated.

It was, in effect, a giant photo op.

It's interesting to read that the business leaders accompanying McGuinty skipped Punjab entirely as if to say with their absence that there is no real value in Punjab, India. That being the case then why does Canada have a diplomatic mission in Punjab's capital city, the only foreign mission in the city if not to appease Sikh voters living in Canada?

On a side not I found this paragraph from the first article interesting.

The male-to-female birth ratio, meantime, is one of the worst in India, meaning young men are having a difficult time finding brides. "There's not much of a future for many young men there," said a Canadian visa officer. "It makes them do desperate things.

The reason for that is abortion. One of the great hall marks of the modern feminist movement is to make it easier for female fetuses to be aborted to favour a male child. Sadly, but perhaps not unexpectedly that practice happens here in Canada care of the taxpayers. That's multiculturalism for ya!

See also:
An offshoot of marriage fraud, 'rent a guest' schemes in India designed to scam Canadian immigration.

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

Canadian Universities And Colleges Are Addicted To Mass Immigration Because They Need The Money.

Canadian universities and collages are typically pro mass immigration for reasons that have little to do with promoting diversity and Utopian "family of man" ideals. Their concerns are similar to those found among the "dead tree" media concentrated in Canada's major cities and those concerns are about one thing: money! There is a demographic shift that is confronting the nation that has those who make their livings in the media and education worried. Canada is getting old which is made worse by the fact that Canadians are not having enough children.

Already we have seen declines in enrollment across the country and the closings of some schools due to diminished attendance. The future does not look too bright for those graduating from the nation's teaching schools causing some to rethink their career plans. For institutions of higher learning a decrease in attendance means a decrease in operating revenue which in turn will lead to lay offs and the cancellation of less profitable courses. Education has become commodified and sold like any product on the market and so Canadian universities and collages are dependent on a steady and ever increasing demand for their products of skills training, degrees, or diplomas if they wish to remain a functioning and profitable organization. Education is the product and like any product you need buyers.

This is where immigration comes in. Canadian educational institutions, like immigration law firms and the media, can rely on immigration to inject much needed blood into drying veins irrespective of the fact that the kind of mass immigration they promote may be unnecessary and produce far reaching longterm negative consequences on society, well beyond their concerted self interests.

It doesn't matter if all that awaits the immigrant are contractual/temporary/part time/low income positions even after graduation. Indeed, such a labour market is most favourable to to sellers of higher learning because it encourages a demand for their products, keeping instructors employed, and institutions operational. This seems to be the case now as many immigrants to Canada have met professional roadblocks only to turn to Canadian universities and collages to upgrade their skills. For the observant individual one will notice schools like triOS College advertise quite heavily on multicultural programming television stations like Ontario's OMNITV.

So can we expect impartial, objective opinion to come out of academia regarding immigration? Sadly, the answer is more often than not no. Like the media such a move is suicide. The main product the media sells is audiences to advertisers and if circulation numbers are decreasing so do advertising revenue and so do the numbers employed. The Globe and Mail has announced it will shed 90 positions following an industry trend that has seen the Chicago Tribune file for bankruptcy protection, and layoffs at the L.A. Times and New York Times.

No journalist is foolish enough to question Canada's immigration policy if he or she wishes to remain employed and have their work regularly published.

So too the academic like University of Toronto's Jeffery Reitz who I can't recall once criticizing Canada's immigration system aside from the usual, and tired, "challenges of accommodation and integration" discussion and "how Canada's immigration system is failing immigrants" angle. You can discuss any problem associated with immigration except the main problem which is that Canada accepts too many immigrants most of which have no real job skills or language skills and will contribute little to the country, will compete with the most vulnerable of Canadians for jobs, and continue to maintain and inflate poverty levels in Canada's cities with the attendant social ills. But those are not the concerns of the nation's academics and journalists because after all they don't live in those neighbourhoods most affected by mass immigration policy. That's for other people.

Toronto immigration key to growing university applications

Posted: January 19, 2009, 1:17 PM by Shane Dingman
Education
Joanne Laucius, Canwest News Service


OTTAWA -- More Ontario high school students have applied to university this year than in any other than 2003, the last year of Grade 13, according to figures released Monday.

[...]

In the past, economic downturns have produced increases in the numbers of people who want to go to university, said Mr. Genest.

He has a few other explanations for why Ontario’s numbers remain so high, despite the fact that enrolment is dropping in high schools in many districts in the province. While school boards in many areas are closing schools, the population of university-age young people in the Toronto area is still growing. Many universities in other parts of the province see Toronto as an important market for recruiting students.

Immigration patterns suggest many new Canadians have university degrees, and encourage their children to go to university, said Mr. Genest.

At the same time, other provinces are seeing stagnant or declining numbers, he said. Enrolment has flatlined in Alberta and is dropping in Atlantic Canada.

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Wednesday, 7 January 2009

Canada As A Hotel: Questions Of Immigrant Commitment As Canadian Residents Seek Office In Foreign Parliaments.

I recently read in the Toronto Star an article about a "Mississauga man" running for President of the Islamic state of Puntland in Somalia. You can read it here.

Mississauga man vying for power in Somalia

Candidate for president of Puntland vows to end piracy in Gulf
Jan 06, 2009 04:30 AM
John Goddard
STAFF REPORTER


A Mississauga man running for president of Puntland, an Islamic state within Somalia at the Horn of Africa, promises to end piracy against international shipping by creating jobs.

[...]

Esse is up against 10 other candidates, including incumbent Mohamed Musa Hersi, who also holds a Canadian passport. The winner must get the most votes in a 66-member parliament made up of appointed members from various clans, sub-clans and sub-sub-clans.

Esse, 45, is a controversial figure in the GTA. He was born in Puntland and attended post-secondary schools in Saudi Arabia, the United States and Canada.

These two men aren't the only Somalis with Canadian passports who seek or hold a position in Somali political affairs. According to this Macleans magazine article of 2006, Is It Time To Close Hotel Canada?, there are or were several Somali political figures who also held a Canadian passport.

But for all the attention accorded those well-known cases, hardly a public word has been uttered about the many members of parliament, the speaker, two cabinet ministers, two deputy ministers and innumerable political staff, all Canadian citizens, sitting, at one time or another, in the Transitional Federal Government Parliament in Baidoa, Somalia, 250 km from the capital, Mogadishu. There is informed speculation that many other Somali parliamentarians are also Canadians. While the president of the transitional government is not a Canadian, his wife, children and grandchildren all hold Canadian citizenship.

This is perhaps not surprising. Many of the best educated people left Somalia after 1991, when brutal dictator Mohammed Siad Barre was overthrown by a coalition of equally murderous warlords. About 100,000 made their way to Canada, the largest diaspora of Somalis outside of Africa. The 2004 formation of a transitional federal government brought a semblance of order to the country, and countless Somali Canadians headed home.

As I have always been saying on this blog it is typically the middle and upper classes of the developing world who come here as refugees and Somalis are no exception. The Macleans article failed to mention that relatives of Somali warlords came to Canada as refugees as well to flee the fighting their husbands, uncles, brothers, or fathers were instigating and perpetrating. (See? Canada is a compassionate and enlightened country. Seriously, we are!) That figure of 100,000 is probably higher now and it comes to no shock to me to learn that Canada has the highest concentration of Somalis outside of Africa for the same reason that Canada has the highest concentration of Sri Lankan Tamils outside of Sri Lanka: that Canada has the most lax, gullible, and easily abusable refugee system in the entire world.

There is another example that sets a more troubling precedent. Being born in a foreign country only to return to one's nation of birth to seek high office is one thing (Michael Ignatieff comes to mind). But to be born, raised, and reside in one country but seek office in another country is bizarre to say the least but nevertheless happened here in Canada.

Dr. Gino Bucchino is a Canadian of Italian ancestry who was elected to the Italian Parliament even though he wasn't born in Italy nor does he reside there. He was elected as an official to represent Italy's foreign nationals living abroad in the Americas. The following is from the Macleans magazine article linked above.

...The Italian government set the wheels in motion for Bucchino's bizarre political career in 2001 when it passed a law giving Italian citizens(who acquire their citizenship by descent)living overseas the right to run as candidates. The same law created the Ministry of Italians Abroad. The Italian diaspora around the world -- some 3.5 million strong -- was divided into quarters, and North and Central America were allocated two seats in the lower house, like our House of Commons, and one in the Senate.

However this is the part that I find irksome.

Even before that, some Italian Canadians had been lobbying the Canadian government for the right to run in Italian elections. Ottawa had consistently said no.... Whatever the cause of Ottawa's initial reluctance,the lobbying eventually worked. On Nov. 24, 2005, then-foreign affairs minister Pierre Pettigrew announced that Canada would allow Italian citizens and dual citizens resident in Canada since 1981 to stand as candidates for overseas seats in the next Italian election.

The desire to run for office in one's former homeland is really a statement on an individual's commitment to their adopted country. In that case one country, my country, becomes nothing more than the mistress in an affair that served its purpose, satisfied needs, but now it's time to return and make up with the wife who I really loved all along.

There are other problems as well as noted in the Macleans piece.

Somalia is a failed state, and the Transitional Federal Government needs all the help it can get. It is only a matter of time before a full-scale civil war breaks out, with Canadians, in the TFG and the Islamic Courts, front and centre, fighting each other, and with other Canadians, quite possibly being called upon as part of another international effort to save that country, becoming involved-on one side of the conflict.

It wouldn't be the first time that Canadians would be fighting Canadians overseas. Consider the case of Gojko Susak, one of a quarter-million Croats who fled to Canada from the 1960s on. When Franco Tudjman took over the Croatian government in 1990, Susak, a house painter who had lived in Canada for 20 years, went back, and before long was Croatia's minister of defence, presiding over the "ethnic cleansing" of Serbs in the Medak pocket at the same time Canadian soldiers were trying to prevent that slaughter.

And who can forget this?

...The truth is, though, that we actually don't even know how many dual citizens there are living in Canada and how many dual citizens are living overseas. For sure, the numbers are in the millions. And unlike the Americans, who require all of their citizens, no matter where they live, to file an income tax return every year, we do not keep rigorous tabs on hyphenated Canadians.

What is now obvious is that holding a Canadian passport proved particularly beneficial to 15,000 Lebanese Canadians evacuated from Beirut last summer at the cost, to Canadian taxpayers, of some $94 million. For some of these Canadian citizens, who had not lived in Canada for years, or filed a Canadian income tax return, it was an all-expenses paid trip, not "home," but to a safe haven at Canadian government expense. Within a matter of weeks, 7,000 of these evacuees were said to have returned home -- to their real home, that is. Among the evacuees were Canadians of convenience: men, women and children with no ties whatsoever to this country except a passport.
At the same time, many of the evacuees from Lebanon had worked and lived and paid taxes in this country. Some even receive old age pensions after a lifetime of employment in Canada. Were their claims for assistance any more meritorious than those with barely any connection to Canada?

I am not certain to the legality of the Somalis with Canadian passport holding office in Somalia because it seems the Harper government was set to ban all Canadian citizens and permanent residents from running in foreign parliaments. Is it wrong to do so? As the Macleans piece also points out allowing Canadians to hold positions in foreign governments may be an opportunity for immigrants to spread Canadian values to their troubled homelands. And maybe that's just wishful thinking. Perhaps Canada is just a hotel where people come and go as they please, where some stay longer than others. Sadly, I think that's what Canada has been turned into where accommodation trumps integration and entitlement beats commitment.

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Expect Tamil Tiger Leaders To Seek Asylum In Canada (And Continue The Fight) As Tiger Capitol Falls.

Sri Lankan government forces have taken Kilinochchi, the capitol city of the rebel Tamil Tigers or the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Elam (LTTE). According to news reports this is a devastating blow to the Tamil Tiger's ambitions of establishing an independent homeland in Sri Lanka. You can read it here at the Toronto Star.

Tamil rebels' capital falls

Tigers respond quickly with suicide attack in Sri Lankan capital, killing 3, injuring 37
Jan 03, 2009 04:30 AM
Ravi Nessman
ASSOCIATED PRESS


COLOMBO–Sri Lankan forces captured the Tamil Tigers' de facto capital yesterday, winning a major victory in a decades-long battle to destroy the ethnic separatists and crush their dream of establishing an independent state.

The rebels, who still control 1,600 square kilometres of northeastern jungle, swiftly sent a message they would fight on. They carried out a suicide attack near air force headquarters in the capital, Colombo, killing three airmen and wounding 37 other people, authorities said.

Sri Lanka's minority Tamils have long complained they are treated as second-class citizens, with Sinhalese used as the nation's de facto official language and members of the dominant group traditionally favoured for government jobs.

They also accused the government of sending Sinhalese settlers into traditionally Tamil regions to overwhelm them demographically.

The fall of Kilinochchi was a devastating blow to the rebels' dream of establishing a state for Tamils in the northeast after decades of marginalization by governments controlled by the Sinhalese majority.

The rebel-affiliated TamilNet website said the Tigers had moved their headquarters farther to the northeast before the town fell.

The fall of Kilinochchi was a milestone in a war that has killed at least 70,000 people and plagued this Indian Ocean island country of 20 million people over 25 years.

The conflict in Sri Lanka is not Canada's war but some Sri Lankan Tamil immigrants, a mostly refugee community, are trying to make it one. Not all Sri Lankan Tamils are doing this of course. Many, most I'd say, are just economic migrants and shameless opportunists who used the conflict (which is concentrated largely in the north east of the country unless a Tamil Tiger suicide bomber brings it to the streets of Colomobo) as an excuse to abuse Canada's refugee system for immigration purposes even though their lives are in no real danger. There is evidence to suggest that this is true but I don't care into that now but I have gone into it on other posts.

What I am concerned about is the use of Canada's refugee system as an escape plan by Tamil Tiger leaders and their relatives if they haven't done it already. I don't see why they wouldn't. Canada has an embarrassingly high acceptance rate for Sri Lankan refugees even though there is no real reason why Canada should be accepting Sri Lankan refugees at all whether they are Tamil or Sinhalese. Because of Canada's laughably high rate of acceptance for Sri Lankan refugees, a rate that went as high as 80% at one time but has fallen to around 75%, and the overall gullible nature of the refugee system Canada is home to the largest collection of Sri Lankan Tamils outside of Sri Lanka. This is an "honour" that curiously India, Sri Lanka's closet political and cultural neighbour, cannot boast.

It has been brought to my attention via this site that the wife of top Tamil Tiger leader Velupillai Prabhakaran has applied for asylum in Canada from the already safe haven of India. The fact that she is in India is grounds enough to deny her claim because India is a safe third country for her but such details hasn't stopped Canada from granting asylum to people who obviously don't deserve it. After all, we did grant asylum to Somali warlord Mohammed Farah Aideed second wife and four children who were living in London, Ontario and on social assistance. And, Canada still cannot deport convicted murderer and terrorist Mahmoud Mohammad Issa Mohammad.

With their backs to the Indian ocean the leaders of the LTTE, which I remind you is a banned terrorist group in Canada, may very well find their ways to Canada's shores and most likely Toronto's streets and why not? With a Sri Lankan Tamil community in excess of 200,000 it's a great place to hide, find community support, and with public health care to boot. And they may continue the fight from Canada as a "government in exile". This is a problem we don't need on top of Tamil street gangs and Tiger fund raising through bogus charity front groups but it is a problem we deserve if we continue to allow our smug sense of "compassion" blind us to the very real situation that most refugees to Canada are not real refugees.

I hope no LTTE leader is granted asylum in Canada but I'm not holding my breath. If Canada has proven anything to the despots, terrorists, and criminal organizations around the world is that Canada's compassion, tolerance, and protection extends to them to.