Ottawa, ON – The Hon. Erin O’Toole, Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs, and James Bezan, Shadow Minister for National Defence, today issued the following statement in response to Iran’s recent missile strikes against the headquarters of two Kurdish political parties, as well as a Kurdish refugee camp which has reportedly killed 18 people, and injured another 49. Iran also executed Kurdish political prisoners Ramin Hossein-Panahi, Zanyar Moradi and Loghman Moradi on September 8, 2018:
“Once again, the Iranian regime, and in particular the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), have demonstrated a complete disregard for all international law and civilizational norms with its unwarranted attack against the Kurds in Iraq. While Conservatives introduced and passed a motion calling on the Liberal government to list the IRGC as a terrorist entity, Justin Trudeau has so far failed to comply with the will of Parliament.
“Early in his mandate, Justin Trudeau lifted economic sanctions against the Iranian regime. He also expressed interest in re-establishing diplomatic relations. This was despite the fact that Iran showed no interest whatsoever in slowing progress on its nuclear program, or developing its ballistic missiles. These missile attacks against the Kurds are evidence of what happens when the international community, including Canada’s Liberal government, fails to hold rogue regimes like Iran accountable.
“Canadians soldiers worked side-by-side with the Kurdish Peshmerga in the international fight against the terrorist group ISIS. Their sacrifices on the battlefield should not be ignored, nor should they be abandoned when attacked by a state sponsor of terror that continues to incite war and destruction throughout the Middle East.
“A Conservative government led by Andrew Scheer will move immediately to list the IRGC as a terrorist entity under Canadian law, and make full use of our Magnitsky legislation to sanction Iran’s human rights offenders. Finally, unlike Justin Trudeau, we will always stand with Canada’s partners when they are attacked by despotic regimes like Iran.”