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Rathika Sitsabaiesan (NDP) elected in Scarborough-Rouge River

Rathika Sitsabaiesan (NDP) is elected at Scarborough-Rouge River, in the 41st Canadian Federal Elections held today, CBC news reported.

Rathika Sitsabaiesan has made history, as the first Canadian of Tamil heritage elected to Parliament in Ottawa.

Scarborough-Rouge River riding was created in 1988 and it was continually held by Liberal Party until today’s victory by Rathika Sitsabaiesan representing the New Democratic Party.

Canvassing the Malvern neighbourhood–just met Elijah ~ via RathikaS on twitter

Results as of 11:38 PM EDT, May 2 as follows, 180 of 211 polls reporting:

~ NDP – Rathika Sitsabaiesan – 15,482 – 41.19

~ CON – Marlene Gallyot 11,243 – 29.91

~ LIB – Rana Sarkar – 10,021 – 26.66

~ GRN – George B. Singh – 540 – 1.44

~ IND – Mark Balack – 298 – 0.79

Rathika Sitsabaiesan on her twitter feed said, “thank you to all Scarborough Rouge river and ALL the volunteers for the historical victory!!”

Reporting on Rathika Sitsabaiesan’s victory, The Toronto Star wrote:

With Liberal incumbent Derek Lee stepping down after 23 years, voters chose change, said Sitsabaiesan, the first Tamil to be elected to Parliament.

Sitsabaiesan, 29, a Tamil immigrant who works for U of T’s Students’ Union, championed her strong ties to youth and the riding’s large Tamil community.

“I am the strong voice for change that this community has hoped for,” she said.

Related: Canada’s first Tamil MP looks forward to challenge [CBC]

~ Youthful confidence wins the day in engaged riding of Scarborough-Rouge River [Toronto Star]


  1. xsrilankan says:

    very good news, all the best “Rathika” and NDP

  2. Puma says:

    It is due to 50% tamil block votes & Layton mania and 50% due to the other two parties splitting the votes after the Strong incumbant Derek Lee retired.
    So there is hard work ahead and diplomatic moves necessary to maintain it in the long run. Get a good team of advisors and administrators and tread the water carefully. Congratulations.

  3. ISS says:

    As I wrote recently men and women of the Tamil diaspora will get into the main legislative bodies in
    Canada, UK, Norway, Germany, Switzerland, Australia sooner than later than elsewhere.


  4. Anonymous says:

    “Rathika Sitsabaiesan has made history, as the first Canadian of Tamil heritage elected to Parliament in Ottawa. ”

    வாழ்த்துகள் !

    I’ve noticed in all Canadian media, Tamils from Sri Lanka are being always identified as “TAMILS”. Not as Sri Lankan Tamils. However it is not the case for Indian Tamils. Indian Tamils are being identified as INDIANS.

    This is also one of the major achievement by young Tamil Canadians.

    PS: I went to a hospital in Scarborough for a training section. Most of the attendees were from South East Asia. A nurse from Caribbean heritage first gave instructions sheets to all attendees. Then she asked one Patel the following question:

    “Would you like to get your instructions in Tamil or English?” 🙂

  5. Anthony says:

    Congratulations Rathika.
    Hope you will contribute your share to the Tamils in Canada.

  6. Bawanee Sivakumar says:

    well done Rathika, even though I am a markham resident I always watch your progress.I am sure you will voice for all the Tamil community.
    Keep up your good work..
    NDP supporter

  7. Shan Navaratnam says:

    Great news
    God bless

  8. Jose De Vaaz- UK says:


  9. kumar says:

    good luck

  10. R Pathmanathan says:

    Congratulations to you Rathika.

    You truly deserve this win for all your hardwork.

    Also, proud of your Royal Canadian Mounted Police – sister as well.

    All the best to you!

  11. palanikumar says:

    hi rathika,

    i m kumar from madurai, tamilnadu-625 014

    i m very happy

  12. Karunakaran says:

    I am from Singapore. I was born and studied in Srilanka and left in 1974 when I am 27 years old. I am very proud to see young Tamil girl elected to Canadian Parliamement. I watched Rathika’s interviews, campaign and presentation at youtube and appreciated the potential and hidden talents. The body language shown during discussions were positive. This is the start. Rathika has a long way to go and to help the entire community. Only thing she has to develope some maturity which will follow up with experience. Multiracial mixing irrespective of age during campaign and student days are very encouraging.

    Congratulations and best wishes

    Karunakaran, Retired Engineer and Community worker

  13. chelliah says:

    well done rathika,

    it’s great news for the tamil community.

    hope your winning will inspire other young tamils world over

    specially in the west to enter into mainstream politics.

    hope this will give you and opporunity and a platform to highlight our plight.

    you have to be careful with the sinhala false propaganda,

    they are very skilled in duping eveyone with their silky-skills of demonaising

    the entire tamils as terrorists1

    i congratulate and wish you every sucess in you future political life,

    on behalve of u k tamils diaspora.

  14. paulraj says:

    well done rathika,

    we hope your winning will inspire the young tamils

    who live in the west to engage in mainstream politics.

    for so long our voices has been silenced and misinterpreted by

    srilankan govtment and their friends.

    it’s a wonderful step you have chosen. hope this will give you the

    opportunity and a platform to air the tamils story.also you have a duty

    to serve the canadian people who have elected you, to the best of your ability.

    i wish you and congatlulate you in your winning of a seat to the canadian parliment

    and you have made history by becoming the first tamil to be elected to a parliment

    in the west.

    tamils in the uk are proud of you and rooting for your sucess.

  15. Ratnam Ganesh says:

    Her qualification – Master’s Degree in Industrial Relations and her experience in public life are very impressive. I expect she will give a voice for Women Liberation , Canadian workers and the Low income groups.

  16. asha says:

    so proud of u rathika acca.

  17. asha says:

    thats funny. yes mr patel would you like instructions in tamil..lmao

  18. Mango says:

    Well hooray for them, when that happens. What will they do? Try to get their new countries to invade SL on their behalf? No. Their constituents will ask them, if they endlessly drone on about Eelam, Genocide & War Crimes, “are you the member for this constituency or one in Sri Lanka”?

    The UK Labour Party has expertly imported the worst aspects of Sri Lankan communal politics by blatantly pandering to the pro-LTTE diaspora lobby, as was seen in the lsat election, because of the block vote offered to by the Eelamists.

    A perfect example is this poster, “Tamils for Labour” UK election poster.

  19. Kshama Ranawana says:

    Congratulations Rathika. All the very best.

    Kshama Ranawana, Edmonton

  20. Annoyance says:

    The loops in Canadian immigration / assylum laws will soon see many others being elected to legislative bodies than Canadians. The fact is that they love their countries of origin more than Canada. They come to Canada because they don’t have their ways in their own countries. Soon we will see these people make Canada the Battle Ground to sort their own affairs than look in to welbeing of Canadians. Whilst I congratulate Rathika, Canada – not a good thing to happen.

  21. J.Muthu says:

    are you sinhala Buddhist ….

  22. Grassroot Democrarcy says:

    Thul Kelapama. We share the sweet taste of success of your party and your self gaining 40% of all votes frpm Scarborough Rouge River underling the empowerment of Tamil Women in Canada.

    Dr Nirmala Suresh (Ph.D p Haiku Poetry Comparative Litt)- Tamilandu State Assembly Politics

    Prof P Suresh
    Academic Professional
    Logistics and Sustainaility Operations
    i-FUN / COTR, BC Canada

  23. M.Sivananthan says:

    I did not vote for NDP. But I felt the waves of NDP. Congrats Rathika for making history in Canada.

  24. Mango says:

    Rathika says that“her parents have been community activists who worked towards the advancement and injection of Tamil culture into the Canadian fabric.” Ha ha ha ha!!

    In plain English:

    community activists = pro-LTTE fundraisers

    injection of Tamil culture into the Canadian fabric =
    Illegal weapons purchases
    People smuggling
    Illegal immigration
    Drug running
    Credit card fraud
    Identity theft
    armed youth gangs

    “injection of Tamil culture. Absolutely priceless. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  25. siyambala says:


    Seems like you are jealous of Rathika’s achievement.

  26. Mango says:

    @ siyambala:

    Jealous? Not a chance. She played the ethnic Tamil/Eezham/Eelam vote to perfection and got elected.

    “…..the NDP has always been there to support the Tamil community. Most importantly I need to mention that in May 2009, near the end of Eelam war, we poured on to the streets in tens of thousands and we lobbied at every level of government and every party in the government, but no one came to our rescue or speak on our behalf, except NDP.”

    Rathika was unable to join Fatty VP at his last stand in May ’09. She was too busy having her hair done and socialising.

    “injection of Tamil culture. Absolutely priceless. 🙂 🙂 🙂

  27. siyambala says:

    Hello Mango –

    You are unable to hide your jealousy. How does your hero Mahinda Rajapaska run politics? Why he locked up the man who actually fought for it? hat happened to all the Tamils’ wealth looted from ’83 and other pogroms? Where is Gottabhya Rajapaksa keeping all th money – ransom money from white van kidnappings?

    Look at the fate of this child abusing Buddhist monk. He is being punished d, while others similar are not. Why because of band politics with King Rajapaka~

  28. Mango says:

    Dear Siyambala,
    What am I supposed to be jealous of? I congratulate Rathika on her ethnic block-vote lead victory and for having such a lovely child. She successfully pushed all the Eelam buttons.

    MR runs politics in SL like (almost) all SL politicians have – often very badly and only occasionally paying lip service to the idea of democracy. Eventually, he’ll over-reach himself and will fall. People can’t eat patriotism and victory for ever. As tempting it is do so, MR & Co aren’t responsible for every crime that happens in SL.

    Where’s the money that the LTTE collected for the ‘Final War’? Resting in various Swiss bank account, no doubt!

  29. Siyambala says:

    Mango –

    I used to live in Scarborough – ROuge River, and one cannot simple win with one block of “ethnic votes” in that riding. And certianly not with Tamil votes onlr. She had to work hard for it, and it wasnt an easy win.

    The rest, any wrong doing, the laws will take care, dont worry, if it all you need to worry about the police brutality on all Sri Lankans, and impunity that has no respect to any laws in the land called SRI LANKA.

  30. Mango says:

    Dear Siyambala,

    I agree. It’s never on the ethnic bloc vote alone, but it was a huge factor. A quick look on the ‘net shows that 13.6% of the population is Hindu, the highest in Canada. Hmmm.. That’s a sizeable voting block. Both Canadian & Eelam media outlets agree with that analysis.

    “Her successful election by a big margin through the opposition NDP ticket reflects the true feelings of Eezham Tamils in Canada towards establishments that slip in delivering justice to Eezham Tamils, commented Tamil diaspora circles in Canada.”

    So, there’s the evidence of direct blackmail. i.e. do what we want and we’ll deliver a sizeable vote block for the party that supports our cause.

    I’m certain that in the future, ‘Eezham’ MPs will emerge in the UK, Germany & Switzerland. The question though is this; what will they do with their political power in First World countries? Will they push to ‘punish’ SL through their power via diplomatic and economic sanctions? The military option is out. Eventually they will be told (by their non-Eelam constituents) choose between continuing a struggle from a foreign land or attend to domestic matters.

  31. Ha…ha…ha…I will bet my last “Humanitarian Rupee” that Mango is a Sinhala Buddhist. What the Rajapaksas’ and most Sinhala Buddhists don’t realise is that nothing is permanent!

    We unlucky Silly Lunkets have fallen from Prabahakarans frying pan into the Rajapaksa family frying pan. Only a person with less than 3 brain cells in his head would justify the things that are happening in this country.One day Rajapaksa like Humpty Dumpty will fall off his wall…and then ALL Humpty Dumptys advisor’s, lackeys, henchmen and sycophant’s won’t be able to put Wannabe King Humpty Dumpty together again!

    ps. Congratulations Rathika!

  32. Piratheepan says:


    எனது பெயர் ச.பிரதீபன், வயது 18, நான் இலங்கைத்திருநாட்டின் கிழக்கு மாகாணத்தில் கல்முனைப் பிரதேசத்தில் வசித்து வருகின்றேன். நான் அறிந்த வகையில் உங்கள் இந்த துணிவான செயல் என்னையும் நமது தமிழ் இன மக்களுக்கு மிகவும் தன்னம்பிக்கை தரக்கூடிய செயலாகவும் அமைந்துள்ளது. ஆனாலும் இலங்கைத்திருநாட்டில் பல தமிழ் மக்கள் இன்னும் சுதந்திரமற்று இருப்பது மிகவும் மனம் வருந்தக் கூடிய செயல். தாங்களுக்கும் அது தெரிந்திருக்கும் என நினைக்கின்றேன். நீங்கள் தற்போது அந்நிய நாட்டவரானாலும் பிறப்பால் தமிழர் என்பதில் நாம் ஒற்றுமைப்படுத்தப்படுகிறோம் என்பதில் பெருமிதம் அடைகின்றேன்.

    இதை என் வாழ்த்துச் செய்தியாக ஏற்றுக்கொள்ளுங்கள். தாங்கள் பணி தொடர்ந்தும் நடக்க எனது இறைவனை பிரார்த்திக்கின்றேன்…!

    மீண்டும் ஒரு முறை உங்கள் தன்னம்பிக்கையை பாராட்டுகிறேன்…!


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