Canadians across the political spectrum share the desire for Iran to rejoin the family of nations as a responsible, cooperative state. This aspiration has been the driving force of Canada-Iran relations for decades, and a cornerstone of Canadian efforts to compel the regime in Tehran to abandon its abhorrent behaviour. The Liberal Party of Canada captured this sentiment lucidly in its response to the P5+1 nuclear deal: “Iran must be held to account for its support of terrorist organizations, its longstanding human rights violations, its aggression towards Israel, as well as its nuclear program.” Now in government, the Liberals will have to ensure this principled position is not compromised as UN sanctions dissolve and as Canada and Iran re-engage diplomatically.
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