Glen Pearson blogs about recent committee hearings into the conflict in Sri Lanka.
Recently, we were visited by two expert witnesses. Bruce Matthews, is the Professor Emeritus for Acadia University and spent much of his life in Sri Lanka doing research. The other was David Cameron, Political Science Professor at the University of Toronto, and a fellow member of Bob Rae’s negotiation team for Sri Lanka. With sobering dialogue, both men determined that there was little that could be done by Canada to assist that war-ravaged island half a world away. This wasn’t what the committee wanted to hear, yet the witnesses stuck to their assessments. Every one of our questions was rebutted with seasoned answers showing that things were futile. It had been a difficult session, but we all walked out wiser.