The fighting between the LTTE and the Sri Lankan army in the Jaffna peninsula is causing political turmoil as far away as Canada: home to one of the world's largest Sri Lankan Tamil populations.
Canadian newspapers have established strong links between a number of expatriate Tamil cultural organisations and charities and the LTTE. Anti-terrorism experts have told the Canadian government that the groups have raised more than $14 million to fund the Lankan conflict. Two Canadian cabinet ministers, including the highly respected finance minister, Paul Martin, have been heavily criticised in the press and the Parliament for attending a dinner in May where funds were raised for the Federation of Associations of Canadian Tamils (fact). A report submitted to the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) described fact as an LTTE front founded in 1993.