The Liberal Party of Canada is calling on the government to officially designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) of Iran as a terrorist organization.
“The IRGC of Iran is a paramilitary organization involved in domestic repression, military operations and support for terrorist networks, and yet Canada has not yet listed the IRGC as a terrorist organization. That must change,” said Liberal Foreign Affairs Critic Bob Rae.
Liberal Public Safety Critic Mark Holland said the IRGC is known for providing material support to the Taliban and a number of listed terrorist groups in Canada, including Hezbollah and Hamas. The United States and the Netherlands already list the IRGC as a terrorist organization.
“Security experts and media around the world report that a primary focus for the Qods Force of the IRGC is training Islamic fundamentalist terrorist groups,” said Mr. Holland. “In fact, the IRGC has become Iran’s most powerful economic, social and political institution.
“It’s time for Canada to speak out against the IRGC and push the rest of the world to follow. We strongly urge the Harper government to make this official designation immediately.”