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Sri Lankans wave their national flag as they celebrate the military victory over Tamil Tiger rebels in Colombo on May 20, 2009.
Sri Lankans wave their national flag as they celebrate the military victory over Tamil Tiger rebels in Colombo on May 20, 2009.
(Eranga Jayawardena/Associated Press)

Doug Saunders

Why Canada boycotted Sri Lanka: It’s what the Commonwealth is for

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s announcement Sunday night that Canada will boycott the Commonwealth summit in Sri Lanka should come as no surprise. It is more shocking that none of the 52 other member nations seem prepared to follow suit.

Canada has made it clear from the beginning that it will not allow the island nation to win a publicity coup by holding the summit, as its government descends into repressive ethnic sectarianism and the rule of law weakens under the increasingly military-driven government of president Mahinda Rajapaksa.