Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee
Mahmoud Reza Kavari

Ms. Hélène Laverdière (Laurier-Sainte-Marie, NDP):
Mr. Speaker, the government is imposing sanctions on Iran. But at the end of September, it allowed Mahmoud Reza Kavari to enter the country. He was the head of Bank Melli, which was involved in a financial scandal.
I think the government needs to be reminded that Bank Melli has been on the government’s blacklist since 2010 because it is suspected of funding Iran’s nuclear program.
It took a month to launch an investigation.
Why is the government allowing Canada to become a refuge for people who fund the Iranian regime?

Hon. Jason Kenney (Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, first of all, the hon. member must understand that under the Privacy Act, the government and its ministers cannot comment on specific cases.
That said, I have seen the media reports saying that this man received Canadian citizenship in 2005. Obviously, we have launched an investigation regarding foreigners who fraudulently obtained Canadian citizenship, and we intend to review the period in question.