A day after thousands of Tamil-Canadians staged a boisterous march in Toronto to protest the conflict in northern Sri Lanka, Premier Dalton McGuinty raised the issue in the Ontario legislature.

McGuinty said thousands of civilians are dying in the South Asian country, and Ottawa must do what it can to stop the bloodshed.

He urged the federal government and the United Nations to pressure all sides to bring an end to the conflict.

McGuinty also called for journalists, aid workers and international observers to be allowed to enter northern Sri Lanka.

The premier, whose daughter spent time as an aid worker in the country, said Ontario has a responsibility to speak out whenever human rights are violated.

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