The organization was also listed as a terrorist group by Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government in 2006.
It has been reported Paranchothy was in charge of organizing a tribute to the Tamil Tigers that was also broadcast on television last year.
Paranchothy and his campaign manager Bret Snider did not respond to The Toronto Observer‘s requests for a response to the allegations by deadline.
Conservative candidate Gavan Paranchothy
In November of last year, Paranchothy hosted of a program on Tamil Vision International Television commemorating Heroes Day, a memorial to dead Tamil Tiger fighters.
Paranchothy has since changed his first name from Ragavan on that television program to Gavan for the federal election. He was nominated as a candidate on March 12.
After cancelling a news conference on April 14, he issued a written statement.
“A recent media story has made insinuations that I am a supporter or sympathizer of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE),” he said in the statement. “I must make clear that it is not true and that I absolutely condemn terrorists and terrorism.”
He added the allegations of ties to the Tamil Tigers stem from his legitimate work as a journalist.
“When Robert Fisk interviewed Osama bin Laden, or when Christopher Hitchens interviewed Abu Nidal, nobody accused them of being terrorists themselves,” he said in the statement.
She also said it is absolutely fundamental that background checks should be made before a candidate is chosen to run for federal office.
“The media was asking a valid question,” she said. “It all started with him changing his name. The media has the right to delve into issues brought up by candidates running for public office.”
“All candidates should be very forthcoming with their history because this shows their integrity,” he said. “This clearly shows that there is a lack of transparency in the Conservative Party.”