Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Liberal Statement on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force

TORONTO– Liberal Leader Bob Rae made the following statement today on the Canadian government’s listing of the Qods Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist entity:

“The government’s decision to list the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force under Canada’s Anti-terrorism Act is long overdue, but still falls short of comprehensive action. For years, the Liberal Party of Canada has joined with communities across Canada calling on the Harper Conservatives to list the entire IRGC as a terrorist entity, and this government still refuses to do so.”

Liberal Foreign Affairs critic Dominic LeBlanc continued:

“A very significant disparity remains between the Conservatives’ rhetoric and action on the Iranian regime. It is not enough to simply declare that Canada has some of the toughest sanctions; we need a real and comprehensive strategy to hold the regime accountable for its actions.”

Liberal Human Rights critic Irwin Cotler concluded:

“There is still much that needs to be done: Canada must list the entire IRGC as a terrorist entity, undertake the mandated legal remedies to hold the regime to account for its state-sanctioned incitement to genocide, and should sanction the major human rights violators who are engaged in massive domestic repression. The Liberal Party of Canada continues its call on the Canadian government to take a strong leadership role on the international stage, rather than this piecemeal approach.”