It's clear which side Canada should be on.
(This column originally appeared in the Toronto Sun)
By: Candice Malcolm
“Mr. President, you are right about Iran.”
This was the headline text of a full-page advertisement in The New York Times, signed by several world leaders including former Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.
“Iran is a danger to us, to our allies, to freedom,” read the ad, which drew the ire of the Trudeau government. Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan complained about the ad on CTV, saying, “this doesn’t help.”
Help what, you might ask?
Well, the Trudeau government has quietly been working to re-establish ties with the Islamic Republic of Iran. They’ve had several closed-door meetings with Iran’s mullahs, and despite Iran’s belligerent behaviour, Trudeau wants to open an Iranian embassy in Ottawa.
Canada cut diplomatic ties and shut down our embassy in Tehran in 2011, citing security concerns for Canadians in Iran. Alongside being the world’s top sponsor of Islamic terrorism, the Iranian regime has a penchant for kidnapping Westerners.
While Harper took a hard line against Iran, cutting relations and expelling Iranian spies, then U.S. President Barack Obama went in the opposite direction — towards appeasement. Obama bet his legacy on making a deal with a regime that chants “Death to America” in its parliament.
Obama’s Iran Deal was a sham from day one. It ignored Iran’s horrendous behaviour — its dismal human rights record, destabilizing wars throughout the Middle East, funding of terrorist organizations and its maniacal threats to “wipe Israel off the map.”
When it comes to what the deal did cover — stopping Iran’s nuclear program — the regime was found to be cheating before the deal was even signed.
Counter to what Iran promised to get the deal signed, the IAEA — the world’s nuclear weapons watchdog — found that Iran failed to disclose key nuclear activities.
Next, opposition group the National Coalition of Resistance in Iran released documents outlining Iran’s nuclear advancements at sites that were “off-limits” to international inspectors, counter to the deal.
And, just last week, the Israeli government released intelligence reports showing how Iran covertly develops its nuclear weapons program. Iran lied “big time,” according to Israel, and the deal failed to stop the one thing it promised to address: Iran’s military nuclear advancement.
Despite new trade deals and a $1.7 billion cash payment from the U.S. government upon the deal being signed, everyday citizens of Iran did not benefit from the deal.
Mass protests broke out in early 2018 against the regime; the mullahs were spending all their cash on military advancements while the people were left to starve.
Five years ago, Canada was standing up to the tyrannical regime in Tehran, while the Americans were sacrificing principles to make a deal. Today, the tables have turned.
Trump made a courageous call to scrap this lousy deal. That’s not my opinion, it’s a headline from the ultra-liberal, Trump-hating New York Times. The deal was rotten, and Iran was manipulating American goodwill to advance its own evil agenda.
That Trudeau opposes Trump on this — he says he “regrets” Trump’s decision — tells us everything we need to know about the Trudeau government.
When Iranian citizens took to the streets to protest the oppressive regime and its horrendous mismanagement of the country’s finances, the Trudeau government sided with the Islamic regime.
Liberal MP Majid Jowhari urged protesters to respect the “elected government” of Iran.
Iran is a dictatorship, and one of the world’s most despicable regimes. And yet, for the second time in 2018, the Trudeau Liberals are siding with the mullahs over our friends and allies.