John McKay MP Presenting his Constituent's Petitions on Sri Lanka to the House of Commons

July-07-09

Speaker : Mr. McKay
Time : 19/06/2009 12:21:30
Context: Presenting Petitions
Source: Hansard Record, House of Commons


Hon. John McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood, Lib.): Madam Speaker, and I will indeed be brief. This is the last in a series of petitions I am presenting concerning the situation in Sri Lanka. My constituents are extremely concerned about the deterioration of that situation and I present this petition and look forward to the government's response.

Speaker : Mr. McKay
Time : 15/06/2009 15:10:37
Context : Presenting Petitions
Source: Hansard Record, House of Commons

Hon. John McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I have four petitions concerning the situation in Sri Lanka. These petitions were gathered during the worst part of the conflict, and of course the conflict has since died down somewhat, but we now know that a lot of very awful things are happening in that country.

The petitioners call upon the initiation of a ceasefire, the cessation of hostilities, the provision of humanitarian relief and to provide full and immediate access to the conflict zone to NGOs and international media.

You will take note, Mr. Speaker, that notwithstanding all papers were in order, notwithstanding the High Commissioner was present, the member for Toronto Centre was denied access to Sri Lanka. I would think that all of these petitioners would express their contempt for the government of Sri Lanka with respect to denial of access to the member for Toronto Centre.

Speaker : Mr. McKay
Time : 12/06/2009 12:09:14
Context : Presenting Petitions
Source: Hansard Record, House of Commons


Hon. John McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I have two more petitions from constituents in my riding concerning the conflict in Sri Lanka. They call upon the government to bring humanitarian relief through the United Nations to that island and to provide full and free access to the conflict zone by NGOs and international media. These petitions were actually gathered over the last six weeks and it is highly ironic that these petitioners should be so prescient given that the member for Toronto Centre was prevented from staying in Sri Lanka and conducting any kind of interview process or investigation on his own to determine the concerns of these people.

The petitioners are giving voice to the issue that Sri Lanka's government is descending into an authoritarian mode which makes it very difficult for the Tamil population in Sri Lanka. I am looking forward to the government's response to these petitions.

Speaker : Mr. McKay
Time : 29/05/2009 12:15:33
Context : Presenting Petitions
Source: Hansard Record, House of Commons


Hon. John McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood, Lib.): Madam Speaker, I have three petitions concerning the Sri Lankan issue, signed by quite a number of people in my riding. Again, they call for the UN to intervene so that the hostilities will cease, immediate humanitarian relief will be provided and access will be granted to international organizations.

Madam Speaker, as you know, the overt hostilities have ceased. However, as of today, the Sri Lankan army is one of the largest standing armies in the world. The Sri Lankan government seems to believe that this issue can be resolved militarily, but it cannot. My constituents who signed this petition are extremely worried that this will result in some very difficult times for the Tamil population in Sri Lanka.

Speaker : Mr. McKay
Time : 28/05/2009 10:03:29
Context : Presenting Petitions
Source: Hansard Record, House of Commons


Hon. John McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I have three petitions from constituents who are deeply concerned about the situation in Sri Lanka. During the writing of these petitions it was an open conflict. Now it has ceased to be an open conflict and in some respects it is almost a more intractable problem.

The petitioners are calling upon the government to call upon the United Nations to negotiate a permanent ceasefire of hostilities, to provide humanitarian relief and to provide full and free access to the conflict zone for NGOs and the international media.

Mr. Speaker, I think you would join with me in hoping for the people of Sri Lanka that this conflict is resolved in a way that is satisfactory to all parties.

Speaker : Mr. McKay
Time : 12/05/2009 10:02:12
Context : Presenting Petitions
Source: Hansard Record, House of Commons


Hon. John McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, we just opened this Parliament by a prayer where we thank our creator for the blessings that are bestowed upon Canada. Those blessings are not equally bestowed around the world and my constituents are extremely concerned about the situation that is evolving in Sri Lanka, particularly with respect to the Tamil population there and have engaged in protests. In some respects we have a lot of sympathy for the protests because they are trying to get our attention in a way that may or may not be appropriate. 

Here we seem to be gripped with the trials and travails of one of our colleagues and a former prime minister, yet thousands of people are losing their lives in this conflict. These three petitions call upon the Government of Canada to do the following: to demand that the government of Sri Lanka immediately initiate a cease-fire; call upon the United Nations to negotiate a permanent cease-fire of hostilities; call upon the United Nations to provide immediate humanitarian relief; and demand that the government of Sri Lanka provide immediate, full and free access to the conflict zone to non-governmental organizations and international media.

I urge the government to take these petitions seriously. There is a conflict there. It is resulting in deaths of thousands of people and I urge hon. colleagues to refocus on this particular issue.

Speaker : Mr. McKay
Time : 08/05/2009 12:03:07
Context : Presenting Petitions
Source: Hansard Record, House of Commons

Hon. John McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, I have three more petitions from constituents and residents of the Greater Toronto Area who are very concerned about the deteriorating situation in Sri Lanka, whereas the lives of many Sri Lankans are at risk.

They are calling upon the Government of Canada to demand that the Government of Sri Lanka immediately initiate a ceasefire, call upon the United Nations to negotiate a permanent ceasefire of hostilities, call upon the United Nations to provide immediate humanitarian relief and demand that the Government of Sri Lanka provide immediate, full and free access to the conflict zone for non-governmental organizations and international media.

Speaker : Mr. McKay
Time : 06/05/2009 15:20:39
Context : Presenting Petitions
Source: Hansard Record, House of Commons


Hon. John McKay (Scarborough—Guildwood, Lib.): Mr. Speaker, as you are well aware, there is an increasing and very disturbing conflict going on in Sri Lanka. These constituents are concerned about that conflict. 

The petitioners call upon the government to demand the government of Sri Lanka to immediately initiate a ceasefire. They call upon the government to call upon the United Nations to negotiate a permanent cessation of hostilities and provide immediate humanitarian relief. The petitioners also demand that the government of Sri Lanka provide full and free access to the conflict zone by non-governmental organizations and international media.

I have four of these petitions which I have the honour to present on behalf of these concerned Canadians.