Recently I received a letter with regards to the Iranian Nuclear Deal from a concerned constituent. I know this is an issue which resonates with all Canadians, See my response:
Dear Mr. XXXXX:
I very firmly share your concerns on the Iranian Nuclear deal. As you know, the Honourable Rob Nicholson, Minister of Foreign Affairs issued a statement that "We (Canadian Government), continue to judge Iran by its actions not its words. To this end, Canada will continue to support the efforts of the International Atomic Energy Agency to monitor Iran’s compliance with its commitments.” “Iran continues to be a significant threat to international peace and security owing to the regime’s nuclear ambitions.”
I have endorsed this position a number of times since, including an interview with the Voice of Israel Radio in Jerusalem this past week. I assured listeners that Canada will hold firm in our belief that sanctions remain in place.
I believe that President Obama in his desperation to get a deal has effectively punted the crisis of Iran's continuing nuclear adventurism to his successors.
I am disappointed as well in the rush by some European nations to rush to take advantage of trade opportunities that the lifting of sanctions would allow.
The fact is, Iran continues to be a significant threat to international peace and security owing to the regime’s nuclear ambitions, its continuing support for terrorism, its repeated calls for the destruction of Israel and its disregard for basic human rights. Canada will examine this deal further before taking any specific Canadian action.
And we are concerned by Iran's hardline leaders renew their commitment to support terrorist proxies in the Levant.
In short, we believe there was another choice that might have - and should have - been made.
Thank you for taking the time to write me and express your legitimate concerns.
Peter Kent MP, PC