Toronto: Canada today said that terrorist
groups would not be given any quarter in the nation even as it
stepped up security at airports and other vital installation
as recommended by the Kanishka inquiry commission.
Talking to the families of the victims of the Air
India aircraft bombing, most of them of India-origin, Canadian
Immigration Minister Jason Kenney said that the compensation
package for them would be worked out fast and other major
findings of the commission would also be implemented speedily.
Kenney, who met them on behalf of Prime Minister
Stephen Harper, made it clear that the government would not
support in any manner any terrorist group. Canada has large
number of Sikh radicals who have taken shelter in the country.
"The government is committed to implement
recommendations made by Justice John Major inquiry commission
as far as feasible in a reasonable period of time," he said.
Kenney, who invited the families of Kanishka victims
and top leaders of Indo-Canadian community for their comments
about the report, said that similar meetings would be held in
Montreal and Vancouver shortly.
He said that the government would take Justice John
Major`s recommendations into consideration and make sure "we
drive forward with real change, and the bureaucracy will not
be allowed to scuttle them."
A group of more than 20 families of the Kanishka
victims, including Lata Pada and Bal Gupta, told the minister
that the government must act to implement the report without
any delay and should involve the families in speedy
implementation of the report.
Kenney sought active support from the Indo-Canadian
community in curbing the activities of banned Sikh groups.
In his 3200-page report, Kanishka inquiry commissioner
John Major criticised the way successive governments treated
The report found plenty of blame to spread around,
with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Canadian Security
Intelligence Service and successive federal governments.
Lata Pada, whose husband and two daughters died in the
tragedy, said, "If the government is sincere about the support
for families, then they must implement the recommendations
without delay to help prevent a similar tragedy from
Bal Gupta, who lost his wife and two sons, suggested
that the government should seek undertaking from newcomers
that they did not belong to any banned organisations; and
members of the outlawed groups should not be allowed to sit on
the board of Charitable Trusts which support terrorism or
glorification of terrorism.
Asha Luthra, President of the Indo-Canada Chamber of
Commerce, demanded that the government must disclose scheme of
compensation to the families of victims. Radha Krishna who
lost his wife in the tragedy made the similar demand.