On December 11, the Government of Canada expanded its sanctions targeting the Iranian regime. Of particular note is the listing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) under the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA).
The IRGC is a central component of Iran’s brutally oppressive regime, the backbone of the Iranian economy and a key element in Iran’s march toward nuclear weapons capability. In addition to all these things, the IRGC is the nerve centre for Iranian state-sponsored terrorism, which has claimed innocent lives worldwide, including the bombing of a Jewish community centre in Argentina.
The government’s announcement should be commended as a significant step in its efforts to prevent Iran from acquiring nuclear weapons capability. It is imperative that every non-military measure be used to bring the Iranian regime into compliance with its international obligations. Therefore, in addition to applauding today’s announcement from the government, we should continue to ask them to list the IRGC as a terrorist entity under the Anti-terrorism Act. This listing would result in harsher penalties for those doing business with the IRGC and would ensure that the Iranian regime and the IRGC could be held accountable for terrorist attacks under the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act (JVTA). Listing the IRGC as a terrorist entity is a step that has been called for by CJPAC activists, experts in the field of anti-terrorism, and by the Liberal Party.