The Liberals refuse to give a straight answer when compelled to explain why the Canadian government has not officially listed the Iranian Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.
According to CounterExtremism.com, “the IRGC is Iran’s primary instrument for exporting the ideology of the Islamic Revolution worldwide. It is rigidly loyal to Iran’s clerical elite. The IRGC is Iran’s main link to its terrorist proxies, which the regime uses to boost Iran’s global influence.”
June 2018, Conservative MP Garnett Genuis brought forward and passed a motion in the House of Commons that had overwhelming cross-partisan support, calling on the federal government to list the IRGC as an outlawed terrorist organization in Canada's criminal code.
However when the updated list of terrorist entities was released by the Ministry of Public Safety in June IRGC was conspicuously missing, while IRGC more notable proxies -Hezbollah, Hamas, and the IRGC Quds Force- remain on the list.
America listed the IRGC as an official foreign terrorist organization in April 2019.
Conservative MP David Sweet asked an order paper question to compel the Liberals before the House of Commons to answer why Trudeau’s government has ignored the will of the House of the Commons and good sense to keep the IRGC off the terror list:
“With regard to the government’s list of terrorist organizations: (a) why has the government not yet listed the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran as a terrorist organization; and (b) does the government consider the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps to be a terrorist organization?”
The pitiful answer came from Liberal Parliamentary Secretary Joël Lightbound on behalf of his boss, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Bill Blair (who was probably busy plotting a gun grab somewhere):
“Keeping Canadians safe is of paramount importance to this government. We are working with like-minded countries to ensure that Iran is held to account for its support of terrorism.
As we have long said, Canada has already taken a number of actions against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the IRGC.
We continue to list the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force as a terrorist entity, and we also continue to impose sanctions on Iran and the IRGC, targeting its branches as well as senior-level members of its leadership.
The listing of entities is an ongoing process, and government officials continue to assess all groups and monitor new developments. Last year we added three additional Iran-backed groups to the Criminal Code list as terrorist entities.”
The Liberals offered no explanation why IRGC was excluded from the terror list after voting in favour of a motion to include it, nor did the Liberals clarify if they felt the IRGC is a terror organization at all.
How many Canadians and our allies does the IRGC have to maim and murder before they end up on the list of outlawed terrorist entities?