We must show that the murderous actions of the Iranian regime will not go unanswered.
In the wake of the Iranian regime admitting to shooting down an airliner carrying 57 Canadians, the question now turns to what Canada must do in response.
Clearly, we cannot allow the murder of our citizens to go unpunished.
There must be a strong response.
And here are four things we can do right away.
First, we can declare Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) a terrorist organization. The IRGC is responsible for much of the terrorism and violence emanating from Iran, and it was the IRGC that shot down the plane. The US has already declared the IRGC to be a terrorist group, and the Canadian government had previously said they would do the same. Time to stop the delay and make that declaration now.
Second, we must demand reparations for the families of the Canadian Citizens killed by the Iranian regime. No amount of money can ever make up for the loss of a loved one, however, it is essential that the families receive financial support, and Iran should pay for it considering they are responsible for the deaths of our citizens.
Third, we can reimpose a full trade embargo on Iran, stopping all trade between Canada and the Iranian regime. A full embargo was in force for years under the previous government, and was lifted by the Trudeau government after the Iranian nuclear deal came into effect. But with the nuclear deal dead, and with Iran’s regime acting in such a dangerous and deadly way, the full embargo must be reimposed.
Finally, we can initiate sanctions on top Iranian officials, blocking them from any transactions involving Canadian banks, and freezing any Iranian regime assets that may be in place in Canada.
These actions are all necessary to show that we value the Canadian Citizens who were lost, and to make clear that nobody can ever hurt Canadians without a swift and severe response.
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