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Using SEMA to advance the Canada-Iran relationship

By Sheryl Saperia      

As the House Foreign Affairs Committee will continue to review the Special Economic Measures Act, committee members should take note of S-219, a bill currently being studied by their counterparts in the Senate, which utilizes SEMA to structure a path forward for the Canada-Iran relationship.

The House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development would benefit from examining Bill S-219 in the context of its review of SEMA, and even inviting the bill’s sponsor, Senator David Tkachuk, to share his insights directly with the committee, writes Sheryl Saperia. The Hill Times photograph by Jake Wright

When Parliament reconvenes on Jan. 30, the House of Commons Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development will continue to review the Special Economic Measures Act (SEMA). SEMA enables Canada to impose targeted sanctions against a foreign state in response to a decision by an international organization of which Canada is a member, or where a grave breach of international peace and security has occurred that has resulted or is likely to result in a serious international crisis.

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