Thursday, June 11, 2009

Bob Rae says the Sri Lankan High Commissioner to Canada, Daya Perera phoned him to apologize for his expulsion.

In an interview, the Sri Lankan high commissioner to Canada, Daya Perera, said it "might have been advisable" to allow Rae into the country to see for himself the aftermath of Sri Lanka's bloody civil war.

"The country has nothing to hide," Perera said.

Indeed, Rae said Perera phoned him to apologize for his expulsion.


OTTAWA - The federal government expressed "dismay and displeasure" to the Sri Lankan government Wednesday after Liberal MP Bob Rae was detained and booted out of the country.

Foreign Affairs spokeswoman Emma Welford called it "unacceptable treatment of a Canadian parliamentarian" and said it's absurd for anyone to suggest the former Ontario premier represented a security threat or is a supporter of the Tamil Tigers.

Conservative MP Deepak Obhrai, parliamentary secretary to Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon, said he was also supposed to go to Sri Lanka this week to check on refugee camps. But the Sri Lankan High Commission in Ottawa denied his application for a visa.

"Their excuse was that they could not accommodate me," he said in an interview. "At least it saved me a long trip."

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