Mr. John Weston (West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea to Sky Country, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, as you know, and as our Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs have said on many occasions, Iran presents the greatest threat to global peace and security today.
Members of this government regularly acknowledge the significant contributions to Canada by people of Persian or Iranian background, but Iran’s current leaders regularly turn a blind eye to their human rights obligations and hide their nuclear activities by blocking international attempts to verify the country’s claims.
Could the Minister of National Defence please update the House on the actions taken by our government today?
Hon. Peter MacKay (Minister of National Defence, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for his work on this file.
Canada is increasingly concerned by the actions taken by the Iranian authorities and will increase sanctions immediately.
Canada is extending existing sanctions against five entities and three individuals in Iran.
Canada has taken aggressive action and has been among the toughest with sanctions against Iran in the world. In fact, Canada has sanctions that cover the known leadership, the Iranian revolutionary guard. It blocked virtually all financial transactions with Iran, including those with the central bank.
Canada will continue to work with the growing list of like-minded countries to limit Iran’s ability for further undercut global peace—