Karygiannis encouraged one of the guest speakers, Christos Karatzios, to send a letter to Canadian MPs and to "... come and enlighten the rest of my colleagues on what is Greece...". He accused Prime Minister Harper of "selling out" Greek-Canadians because of the Conservative Party's recognition of Macedonia.
But will the Liberal Party reprimand him?
Karygiannis referred to Macedonians as "Skopjans" in an interview for the Globe and Mail on 21 September, 2007, following Canada's recognition of the Republic of Macedonia. Canadian-Macedonians were outraged and flooded the Liberal Party with demands that Karygiannis be reprimanded. The Liberal Party ignored the issue and instead chose to attack the Conservative Party's recognition of Macedonia, pandering to the Greek-Canadian community.
Ironically, the Liberal Party and their apologists consistently accuse the Conservative Party of the underhanded tactics that Liberals employ. The federal and provincial Conservatives have come under recent attack for targeting ethnic voters and for ties to banned separatist groups. However, pandering to ethnic communities is a Liberal specialty and it is Jim Karygiannis who has notorious ties to the Tamil Tigers, classified by the Canadian government as a terrorist organisation. Paradoxically, Karygiannis is an Associate Member of the House of Commons' Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights.
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) calls on Canadian politicians, regardless of party affiliation, to demand Jim Karygiannis' immediate resignation. We ask that concerned Canadians do the same via the contact information below. Jim Karygiannis' continued presence in Parliament is an affront to traditional Canadian values.
Macedonian Human Rights Movement International (MHRMI) has been active on human and national rights issues for Macedonians and other oppressed peoples since 1986. For more information, please visit www.mhrmi.org, or contact MHRMI at 416-850-7125, or firstname.lastname@example.org