House of Commons
Nothing to report.
Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act
Bill to Amend—First Reading
The Hon. the Speaker informed the Senate that a message had been received from the House of Commons with Bill C-85, An Act to amend the Canada-Israel Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act and to make related amendments to other Acts.
(Bill read first time.)
The Hon. the Speaker: Honourable senators, when shall this bill be read the second time?
(On motion of Senator Harder, bill placed on the Orders of the Day for second reading two days hence.)
Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
(Response to question raised by the Honourable David Tkachuk on November 7, 2018)
Canada has taken a number of actions against Iran and its Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). These actions include the listing of the IRGC’s Qods Force under the Criminal Code. The Qods Force is Iran’s primary mechanism for cultivating and supporting terrorist groups abroad. Canada has also listed the Taliban, Hizballah, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, all groups which are provided arms, funding and training by the IRGC. Canada has also imposed sanctions on Iran and on the IRGC and its senior leadership under the Special Economic Measures Act. These sanctions specifically target the IRGC and four of its branches, as well as IRGC commander Mohammad Ali Jafari. Finally, Canada has listed Iran as a state supporter of terrorism under the State Immunity Act.
Since the June 2018 House of Commons motion was passed, which called for, among other actions, the listing of the IRGC as a terrorist entity under the Criminal Code, PS portfolio officials and their colleagues from other Governmental departments have been examining the options available to the Government of Canada.
Foreign Affairs and International Trade
Detention of Saeed Malekpour in Iran
(Response to question raised by the Honourable Linda Frum on November 22, 2018)
The Government of Canada is very concerned by the situation faced by Saeed Malekpour.
While details that can be shared are limited by the Privacy Act, Global Affairs Canada officials are in contact with Mr. Malekpour’s family and continue to provide support. Canada raises Saeed Malekpour’s case with like-minded partners and has raised his case directly with Iranian officials.
Canada continues to advocate strongly for Iran to improve its human rights record. In December 2018, the United Nations General Assembly adopted an annual Canadian-led resolution on the situation of human rights in Iran. The resolution sends a strong message to the people of Iran that the international community remains concerned about the persistent human rights violations committed by the Iranian regime. It also urges the regime to address these grave human rights concerns.
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