Canada’s Counterproductive Policy of Permitting Separatists

The Canadian government seems to justify such a policy approach by claiming what it calls a "free speech policy of the government."

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\Referring to the policy of the Government of Canada permitting the activities of those who are demanding and campaigning for an independent state in other countries (for example, LTTE for demanding the division of Sri Lanka and Khalistan for demanding the division of India), the Indian Foreign Minister reminded the Canadian government about Newton’s Third Law.

Newton’s Third Law states that for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. This refers to a scenario in which if Object A exerts a force on Object B, then Object B exerts an equal amount of force on Object A in the opposite direction.

The Canadian government is freely allowing the activities of such separatist forces, which are creating serious problems for other countries like India and Sri Lanka. Obviously, such a policy approach by the Canadian government gives the impression that it is totally unconcerned about the problems caused to other countries due to its policy of permitting the activities of separatists in Canada.

The Canadian government seems to justify such a policy approach by claiming what it calls a “free speech policy of the government.” However, it is not concerned about the harmful impact of the free speech and free action policy of the government on other countries. As far as the affected countries are concerned, this is a serious matter and they would be justified in concluding that Canada, which permits the activities of separatists, is a hostile country.

Sri Lanka suffered enormously due to the ethnic war caused by the LTTE separatists, who largely operated from Canada, with the Canadian government closing its eyes to the activities of the LTTE on Canadian soil. A prolonged internal war took place in Sri Lanka, for which the Canadian government is largely indirectly responsible by providing free territorial space to the LTTE separatists in Canada. While a few other countries in Europe have also done this, Canada is the foremost country to have permitted the LTTE separatists.

When the Indian Foreign Minister referred to Newton’s Third Law, he obviously meant that India cannot remain a silent spectator when the anti-Indian Khalistani separatist movement is being organized from Canadian soil, particularly with the Canadian government irresponsibly keeping its eyes closed. India has to necessarily protect its territorial integrity, and whatever is required to do so, it has to do as required by the ground situation.

When the LTTE waged an ethnic war in Sri Lanka with a considerable base in Canadian soil, Sri Lanka could do nothing about it, as it was a small country facing a difficult local situation. But such would not be the scenario in the case of India, which is a large country with considerable muscle power to defend its territorial integrity and sovereignty.

In the past, Canada had the image of a large, prosperous, and underpopulated country. The Government of Canada adopted an open-arm policy for refugees and migrants from all over the world, perhaps with minimum checks and controls. While such a policy approach contributed and continues to contribute to demographic imbalances in the country, Canada also has become a fertile ground for separatists from other countries to establish their base and operate freely against other countries.

There is bound to be a negative impact on the social and political climate in Canada due to such a policy, which is a suicidal policy. There is already some evidence to indicate such a trend. In recent times, there have been a number of incidents of ethnic clashes and hate-mongering in Canada. It is unfortunate that the Government of Canada gives the impression as if it is not able to read the writing on the wall.

In several European countries also, such liberal migrant/refugee policies have caused havoc in recent times, with several cities in Europe including London, Brussels, having a population mix and migrants outnumbering the natives. The former U.S. President has correctly said that London and Paris are no longer recognizable due to the influx of migrants. European countries have now understood the gravity of the situation, but discerning observers think that this could be too late to retrieve the situation, as the migrants/refugees cannot be effectively thrown out of the country. The recent decision of the UK government to send asylum seekers to Rwanda indicates the level of concern in European countries.

The Canadian government should derive the right lessons from the present predicament of European countries. It should also understand that if it facilitates separatists in Canada to harm other countries, then Canada cannot escape the consequences of Newton’s Third Law becoming applicable to Canada.


N. S. Venkataraman is a trustee with the "Nandini Voice for the Deprived," a not-for-profit organization that aims to highlight the problems of downtrodden and deprived people and support their cause and to promote probity and ethical values in private and public life and to deliberate on socio-economic issues in a dispassionate and objective manner.

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