( January 15, 2013, Toronto, Sri Lanka Guardian) Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on the Sri Lankan government’s dismissal of the country’s Chief Justice:
“The Liberal Party of Canada strongly condemns the Sri Lankan government’s unconstitutional dismissal of the country’s Chief Justice, Dr. Shirani Bandaranayake.
Last week we called on the Conservative government to immediately raise this issue with the Commonwealth’s disciplinary group. Canada must request an emergency meeting of the Commonwealth Ministerial Action Group to address these direct violations of the association’s fundamental principles with the Sri Lankan government, and establish a path forward to support the development of democracy, human rights and the rule of law in Sri Lanka.
The Sri Lankan government’s actions threaten the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law. It is simply unacceptable that we wait to address this dire situation until the next scheduled meeting, as Prime Minister Harper and Minister Baird would prefer.”