CANADA MUST INVESTIGATE ALL IRANIANS WITH TIES TO THE IRANIAN REGIME, AND ORGANIZATIONS THAT PROMOTE THE NEFARIOUS ACTIVITIES AND AGENDA OF THE IRANAIN REGIME
The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada
The Honourable David Lametti, Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada,
The Honourable Chrystia Freeland, Minister of Foreign Affairs,
The Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety,
The Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue,
According to Basel Institute for Governance, among 146 nations reviewed, Iran's Islamic government leads the world in money laundering. Additionally, based on report released this month by Transparency International Canada titled as “Why Criminals Love Canadian Real Estate”, “domestic criminals have known for decades that Canada is ‘la la land’ for financial crimes”. Therefore, we, the undersigned, as concerned Canadian citizens are deeply disturbed by the news that individuals with close ties to the Iranian regime, or family members of Iranian officials, have been able to bypass Canada's vetting process and obtain Canadian residency, while bringing embezzled funds to Canada. We believe that many of those with ties to the Iranian government are living in Canada with stolen funds. The issue is not limited to one or two recent high-profile cases, but it includes many with close ties with the Iranian regime.
We are therefore calling on your government and Department of Immigration Canada to open an extensive investigation regarding the transfer of assets by immigrants with ties to the Iranian government who have arrived in Canada over the past two decades. In addition, we are requesting that Iranian government officials implicated in financial crimes and human rights violations be sanctioned under Canada’s Justice for Victims of Corrupt Foreign Officials (Sergei Magnitsky Law).
We also believe that there are a number of organizations in Canada who openly promote the Iranian regime’s hate policies which run counter to Canadian values while portraying themselves as community representatives and humanitarian organizations. The most active of such groups is the “Iranian Canadian Congress (ICC)", leaders of which are actually family members of Iranian officials. The ICC promotes the interests of the Iranian government in Canada while undermining Canadian values and democratic principles here in Canada. They are not representative of the larger Canadian-Iranian community nor the freedom loving people suffering under the Iranian regime.
We are also calling for a thorough investigation of the ICC and similar groups by Canadian authorities. In particular, authorities must investigate the sources of their funding and their ties to the Iranian regime.
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