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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2966

Gary Anandasangaree – A Sri Lankan Tamil Origin Elected To Canadian Parliament

Toronto, 21 October, (

A 43 year old lawyer Sri Lankan Tamil origin has been elected as a Canadian Member of Parliament from the Liberal party at the 42nd Canadian general elections held on October 19th 2015.

He is the son of Sri Lankan Tamil politician Veerasingham Anandasangaree leader of the Tamil United Liberation Front(TULF) who was formerly MP for Kilinochchi electorate and Jaffna electoral district.

Anandasangaree’s second son Sathiyasangaree Anandasangaree known as Gary Anandasangaree was elected from the newly created Scarborough – Rouge park constituency polling 29,906 votes. He won with the huge majority of 16,302 votes.His nearest rival Leslyn Lewis of the Conservatives got 13,302 votes.

The constituency termed “riding” in Canada is in the Ontario province of Canada. The riding was thought to be a close three-way race, but Bance was dropped in September after he was reportedly caught on camera urinating in a coffee cup in 2012 in a highly publicized scandal.

The departure of Bance left the party scrambling to find a new candidate late in the race, opting for Lewis as a fill-in candidate.

The riding is brand new in this election and was created by combing pieces of three others: the eastern portion of what used to be Scarborough-Rouge River, the Scarborough portion of the former Pickering-Scarborough East and part of Scarborough-Guildwood.

Gary Anandasangaree surged ahead of the other candidates in ridings with an overwhelming majority of the vote. Conservative Leslyn Lewis came in a distant second, followed by NDP candidate Rev. Kantharatnam Shanthikumar.

Canada’s first ever Federal MP of Sri Lankan Tamil origin Radhika Sitsabaiesan lost her seat in the adjoining Scarborough North constituency. She made history as the first Sri Lankan Tamil woman to be elected as an MP in a Western country when she won at the last elections contesting from the New Democratic Party.

The elections saw the incumbent Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his Conservative Govt being swept away by a Liberal party wave that resulted in the party led by Justin Trudeau winning convincingly. The prime minister elect Justin Trudeau is the son of former Canadian Prime minister Pierre Elliot Trudeau.

Gary Anandasangaree with his mother came to Canada as a ten year old boy in 1983. Following in the footsteps of his lawyer father Gary Anandasangaree qualified as a lawyer in Ottawa and established a lucrative practice in Toronto.

He also joined the Liberal party and engaged in Canadian mainstream politics. He was nominated as Liberal party candidate and has now entered Parliament after tasting success in his first attempt to contest a Canadian parliamentary election.

Former Sri Lankan cricketer KM Shantikumar now known as Kanthratnam Shanthikumar also contested in the same constituency as an NDP candidate and lost.

Gary Anandasangaree has also been actively engaged in Tamil nationalist politics and human rights campaigning in Canada. He has regularly participated in the UN Human Rights Council sessions in Geneva.

In a bizarre twist the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam(LTTE) and pro-LTTE elements in Toronto canvassed strongly against Gary Anandasangaree at the elections. Tiger elements supported the conservative party in the current poll
The final result of Gary Anandasangaree riding the crest of a Liberal wave and winning has effectively snubbed the local tigers in a big way.

Besides the Conservatives too have been defeated.

Besides Gary Anandasangaree from the Liberal party several other candidates of Sri Lankan Tamil origin also contested from the Conservative, New Democrats and Green party also contested in Ontario but failed to register victory.

- Asian Tribune –

Toronto lawyer Gary Anandasangaree speaks during a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday October 20, 2009.
Gary Anandasangaree  – A Sri Lankan Tamil Origin Elected To Canadian Parliament
Gary Anandasangaree  – A Sri Lankan Tamil Origin Elected To Canadian Parliament
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