Prevent terrorists from abusing CanadaÃ¢s refugee system - Canadian Minister
Aug 10, 2010 8:00:00 PM - aussieindolanka.com
It is imperative that Canada prevent terrorist organizations from abusing the country’s refugee system’, said Canadian Public Safety Minister Vic Toews.
He said the Tigers have used suicide bombings against civilians in Sri Lanka, as well as extortion and intimidation to raise funds within Canada’s Tamil community. "It’s important to send a message that Canada should not be viewed as an easy entry into North America and that we are very concerned about security issues," Toews said.
"The problem of human smuggling and illegal migration is a serious one, and the abuse of our immigration system is something that our government will not tolerate," he added.
Canada is home to about 300,000 Tamils, one of the largest such populations outside Sri Lanka and India, Sun Herald reported.
Canada’s top security official said Monday he was getting regular briefings on a ship of asylum seekers from Sri Lanka that could be carrying terrorists.
Canadian Public Safety Minister said there was reason to believe members of the LTTE are on the Thai cargo ship headed for Canada, reported Sun Herald.