Hon. Irwin Cotler (Mount Royal, Lib.):
Mr. Speaker, as per the evidence, the Iranian regime has accelerated its nuclear weaponization program, continued its state sponsorship of terrorism and genocidal incitement, and intensified its massive domestic repression.
Will the government sanction the Central Bank of Iran, put the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on the terrorist list, this epicentre of the Iranian threats, sanction the Iranian crude oil sector and those companies that trade with IRGC entities, and expand the orbit of sanctions against those entities and individuals engaged in the massive assault on human rights in Iran?
Hon. John Baird (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, I thank the member for Mount Royal for his question and his work in this regard.
Canada today has the toughest sanctions against the Iranian regime in the world.
We are incredibly concerned by the IEA report on its nuclear weaponization program. We are tremendously concerned about the Saudi assassination plot. We are tremendously concerned by the abysmal and terrible record on human rights.
We will continue to work with our allies to ensure that we continue to have the toughest sanctions on this despicable regime.