Canada’s Conservative Senator Linda Frum, supporter of a Senate-sponsored bill titled the "Non-Nuclear Sanctions Against Iran Act” (Bill S-219), is urging strict and decisive action against the Tehran regime for backing both international and regional terrorism. Frum has labelled Iran as “one of the most malign nations in the world.”
There has been a backlash against Frum’s remarks with some Iranian-Canadians, including Willowdale MP Ali Ehsassi and Richmond Hill MP Majid Jowhari, calling on Frum to apologise for her comment.
Frum has not backed down. “I am proud of my record of standing up for the victims of the criminal Iranian regime both inside Iran and out," Frum told HuffPost Canada.
Bill S-219 was first tabled last year in the Senate by Conservative Sen David Tkachuk.
The bill proposes the foreign affairs minister publishes an annual report that includes an analysis of state-sponsored terrorism and human rights violations to guide Canada's sanctions programme against Iran. Frum, in a tweet, condemned the Iranian regime.
Last year, the Conservative caucus organised an "Iran Accountability Week" on Parliament Hill to caution against thawing relations between Iran and Canada. The event came in response after the government amended its suite of economic sanctions against Iran over its nuclear and ballistic missile programme.