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Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps—Designation as Terrorist Group

Hon. Linda Frum: Minister Goodale, as you know, this week is Iran Accountability Week on Parliament Hill. My question to you is about your government’s accountability on the Iran file.

On June 12, 2018, the House of Commons adopted a motion asking the government to immediately designate the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a listed terrorist entity under the Criminal Code of Canada. Both you and Prime Minister Trudeau voted in favour of this motion. Two days later, you said in Question Period that the process for listing actually involves an investigation by the RCMP and CSIS and that process will go forward.

Eleven months have passed since then. In the meantime, the United States has listed the IRGC as a terrorist organization. Minister, what are you waiting for to designate the IRGC as a terrorist entity as you pledged to do?

Hon. Ralph Goodale, P.C., M.P., Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness: Your Honour, as the honourable senator will know, there is a very detailed process that needs to be followed for listings under the Criminal Code of Canada. That is a meticulous process that has served the country very well for many years. It is respected around the world as a process that is credible and has integrity. That process is going forward and involves, as one of the steps, the detailed reports on all relevant factors by police and security agencies. That process is under way and it’s still going forward.

I would note that a number of steps have already been taken in the past, including the listing of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force as a terrorist entity. The listing of the Taliban, Hezbollah, Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad as a terrorist entity, imposing sanctions on Iran and the IRGC, targeting all four of its branches as well as its commander, and listing Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism. Those steps have already been taken and the step referred to in the motion that was adopted in the House of Commons last year is under detailed consideration according to the normal rules.

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