Mr. Joe Daniel (Don Valley East, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, I was dismayed to learn last week some of the details surrounding the apparent plot by Iran to assassinate the Saudi Arabian ambassador to Washington. While the plot was thankfully foiled this time, the threat that Iran poses to the world remains.
Could the Minister of Foreign Affairs please inform the House about measures that Canada is taking to respond to Iran’s latest affront to international law?
Hon. John Baird (Minister of Foreign Affairs, CPC):
Mr. Speaker, Canada finds Iran’s actions absolutely and totally unacceptable. We condemn them without reservation.
Last week I committed to working with our international partners in considering the consequences for such actions. Today, Canada is imposing sanctions on five additional Iranian nationals. Four are members of the Iranian national guard. These sanctions are on top of others already in place against Iran.
As the Prime Minister said last week, this regime in Tehran represents probably the most significant threat to the world, to global peace and security and I completely agree.