Canadian House of Commons voted to stop normalization of relations with Iran and designated IRGC as a terrorist group

Jun 14
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Justin Tang/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, June 12, 2018. (Justin Tang/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

By Iran Probe Staff

Thursday, 14 June 2018

The Canadian House of Commons voted on Tuesday to end the negotiations with Iran to resume relations and added the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to the list of terrorist groups.

The motion was introduced by a Conservative member of parliament Garnett Genuis. He presented a long list of reasons why Iran should be considered an undesirable actor, with whom all contacts should be severed. It is noteworthy that he insistence the ultimate solution is a change of regime in Tehran.

Following the vote of the conservative representatives in support of the move, Prime Minister Justin Trudo was the first representative of the Liberal Party, who supported the move by his vote, followed by all the members of the cabinet and most liberal representatives who voted for the plan. According to political observers, Trudo's action is surprising.

The IRGC Quds Force is already considered a terrorist entity in Canada.

Canadian Conservative Senator Linda Forum told the media she is happy the country’s Liberal government has come to understand its mistake and now considering the IRGC as a terrorist entity. This body deserves to be isolated and condemned by the Canadian government.

It remains unclear what element lead Trudeau to adopt such a position regarding Iran. This may be related to recent remarks by Iranian regime Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei calling for Israel to be wiped off the map.

This may have also come under pressure exerted by U.S. President Donald Trump in the G7 Summit or Canada’s Iranian dissident community who continue their efforts against Tehran’s mullahs.

Iranian foreign ministry spokesman, Bahram Ghasemi, in a statement on Wednesday, condemned this motion in Canada's parliament which demands immediate cease of all negotiations on restoring diplomatic ties with Iran, according to the semi-official Mehr News Agency.

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