TORONTO: The Canadian Tamil Congress (CTC), which represents the Sri Lankan Tamils in Canada, has hailed the choice of former justice C. V. Wigneswaran as the chief ministerial candidate of the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) for the Northern Province in Sri Lanka in the upcoming Provincial Council election.
Justice Wigneswaran is the unanimous choice of all the four constituents of the TNA for the top post in the Northern Province.
Welcoming his choice by the TNA, the CTC said, “From his beginnings as a prominent Tamil lawyer, to his position as a Supreme Court judge, and now as a politician, Justice Wigneswaran brings a number of years of judicial experience. His expertise in the field of constitutional law and his ability to articulate local issues, as well as connect to Tamils everywhere, means his candidacy is unmatched by his opponents.”
The Canadian Tamil Congress said Justice Wigneswaran is an ardent advocate of many of the issues faced by Tamils and his candidacy will help the TNA win a strong mandate in the upcoming Northern Provincial election.
Urging the Tamils in the North to vote in the September election and send a decisive and unambiguous message to the Sri Lankan government and the international community, the CTC said, “We also urge Tamils in every part of the world to show their support, in any form possible, for Justice Wigneswaran’s candidacy and the victory of the TNA.”
According to David Poopalapillai, National Spokesperson for the Canadian Tamil Congress, “As the Chief Minister candidate of the TNA, we could not have asked for a better person.
“Under the TNA and Justice Wigneswaran’s leadership, we are very confident that both will emerge victorious in the September elections, so long as the elections remain a fair and democratic process.”
There are over 300,000 Sri Lankan Tamils in the Greater Toronto Area, making them one of the largest concentration of the Tamil diaspora in the world.