Shabnam Assadollahi

The Islamic Regime’s Influence in Canada

As a proud Canadian of Iranian descent, I am deeply committed to the principles of freedom, democracy, and human rights that Canada stands for. These cherished values are the cornerstone of our society and it is our collective duty to protect them from any threats, foreign and domestic.

Since the Trudeau Liberals assumed power in 2015, there has been a concerning development,
the Islamic regime in Iran has been openly operating in Canada, exploiting and undermining our laws to intimidate dissidents and exert its sinister influence. This infiltration poses a grave threat to Canadian values and security.

A Growing Threat

The infiltration of the Islamic regime in Iran into Canadian society is a serious issue that requires immediate attention. Canada’s vulnerabilities to transnational crime pose a significant risk to US national security.

The International Coalition Against Illicit Economies (ICAIE), a national security NGO in Washington, DC, released a report titled “The Growing Harms of Cross-Border Illicit Trade Vectors and Threat Convergence to Canada’s National Security,” co-authored by Calvin Chrustie and David M. Luna. The report emphasizes rising national security threats, including economic ones, from illicit trade within and outside Canada. The Islamic regime’s activities in Canada are not isolated incidents but part of a broader strategy to silence opposition and extend its reach beyond Iran’s borders. By using intimidation tactics and exploiting loopholes in our legal system, the regime aims to suppress the voices of those who stand against its oppressive rule. This not only endangers the Iranian-Canadian community but also undermines the very principles that define our nation.

Iranian-Canadians, many of whom fled their homeland seeking refuge from persecution, now find themselves facing threats and harassment in what should be their safe haven. This is unacceptable. Every Canadian, regardless of their background, should feel secure in expressing their opinions and participating in our democratic processes without fear of retribution.

Canada’s Response

The Canadian government must take decisive action to counter the Islamic regime’s influence. This includes tightening immigration and security policies to prevent individuals affiliated with the regime from entering the country, and actively supporting dissidents who seek protection from intimidation and violence. Furthermore, Canada should continue to uphold and promote human rights, both domestically and internationally, by holding the Islamic regime accountable for its actions.

While the Trudeau government’s belated listing of the IRGC (Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps) as a terrorist entity in Canada is a step in the right direction, it is inadequate and ineffective. This measure should be followed up by targeting all IRGC members and their affiliates through sanctions, assets freeze and deportation of those living in Canada, regardless of their residency status, back to Iran.

As Canadians, it is our responsibility to stand united against any forces that threaten our democratic values. We must advocate for stronger measures to protect our society from foreign interference and ensure that those who come to Canada seeking freedom are truly able to experience it. The recent sham presidential election in Iran which was held last Friday, serves as a stark reminder of the ongoing struggle for democracy and human rights in that region. While the world watches, we must be vigilant in safeguarding these principles within our own borders.

No Iranian, whether inside or abroad, with morals and integrity, should participate in this barbaric regime’s fraudulent election and empower the regime and its inhumane constitution. By casting their vote, they are allowing these barbarians to continue committing heinous murders and human rights violations against the Iranian people and risking a repeat of unspeakable atrocities like the one we witnessed on October 7th, 2023.

Former US President Abraham Lincoln once said: “Democracy is the government of the people, by the people, for the people.” The treacherous Islamic regime in Iran is anything but a democracy. It is an existential threat not just to the Iranian people but also to freedom-loving Western democracies. By standing firm in our commitment to freedom, democracy, and human rights, we can ensure that Canada remains a beacon of hope and a safe haven for all who cherish these values.

About the Author
Shabnam Assadollahi is an award-winning Canadian human rights advocate and freelance writer/journalist of Iranian origin. She has a Master’s degree in Social Anthropology and has worked extensively helping newcomers and refugees resettle in Canada and has distinguished herself as a broadcaster, writer and public speaker. Shabnam was arrested and imprisoned at age 16 for eighteen months in Iran's most notorious prison, Evin. Shabnam’s primary and heartfelt interest is to focus on the Iranian community and world events affecting women and minority communities.