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Hudak denies Ont. Tory recruit has Tamil Tiger ties

Ontario Opposition Leader Tim Hudak is disputing allegations that his party has recruited a candidate with links to the banned Tamil Tigers.

Ontario Opposition Leader Tim Hudak is disputing allegations that his party has recruited a candidate with links to the banned Tamil Tigers.

"It's not true," Hudak told reporters on Monday. "The reality is we have a thorough screening process. The candidate has passed this test and I'm satisfied with that."

Hudak's remarks came after the Globe and Mail reported that Tory candidate Shan Thayaparan, who will run in the riding of Markham-Unionville, has ties to a new Tamil separatist group called the National Council of Canadian Tamils.

The story said the council's key advisor is a former spokesman for the outlawed World Tamil Movement.

Hudak said he has seen no evidence proving such a connection exists.

"If there are some facts that are based in evidence or truth, please bring them forward," Hudak said. "We want to make sure if there's something we missed in the screening process, please bring them forward and we'll address that."

The Globe also reported that another Tamil who was in direct contact with the top Tiger leadership in 2009 is seeking the federal Tory nomination in Scarborough-Southwest.

With files from CBC