Canada has designated Iran’s powerful Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist entity amid outcry from Iranian dissidents and bereaved families of victims.

“The Iranian regime has consistently displayed disregard for human rights, both inside and outside of Iran, as well as a willingness to destabilize the international rules-based order,” Public Safety Minister Dominic LeBlanc said on Wednesday.

“This action sends a strong message that Canada will use all of the tools at its disposal to combat the terrorist entity of the IRGC.”

With the designation, Canada joins the United States in barring thousands of current and former IRGC terrorists from entering their respective countries. It also means law enforcement can now prosecute anyone who supports the IRGC financially or materially.

With deep economic and political ties, the IRGC oversees an estimated 190,000 proxy terrorists to carry out its nefarious doctrine. For years, Trudeau has resisted going after the Islamic Republic, claiming it could endanger members of Canada’s Iranian diaspora.

“As a result of that delay, the IRGC has been able to grow stronger as a result of Trudeau’s inaction,” Conservative MP Michael Chong wrote on X.

“They have openly declared their support for organizations that are already listed as terrorist organizations in Canada, like Hezbollah and Hamas,” he continued. “In fact, mere weeks before the worst attack on Jews since the Holocaust on October 7, Hamas terrorists went to Iran to take training and direction from the IRGC.”

However, Trudeau’s tone drastically changed following the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 in 2020. Right after departing Tehran, IRGC operatives launched missiles at the civilian aircraft, which killed all 176 innocents onboard, including 55 Canadian citizens..

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