Saturday 29 June 2013

letter to Justin Trudeau on Reza Moridi's pro sanction stance

June 21 -2013

Dear Mr. Trudeau,
Liberal Leader

As members of Canada’s Iranian-Canadian community, we are writing to express our profound sense of dismay at the appearance of Reza Pahlavi at Queen’s Park on June 3, 2013.

Mr. Pahlavi is the son of Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, the notorious Shah of Iran who was deposed by a popular revolution in February 1979. The Shah was widely opposed throughout Iranian society because of his autocratic rule, his violation of human rights, and his theft of national resources. In fact he fitted very well in the group of the totalitarians same as Mubarak and Gaddafi. Many of us who now call Canada home were prosecuted by the Shah’s repressive regime.

It is for these reasons that we were shocked to see Mr. Reza Moridi, a Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament in Ontario, introduce Mr. Pahlavi to the Ontario Legislature as Iran’s Crown Prince while praising his dedication to freedom and human rights in Iran ( While we appreciate Mr. Moridi’s efforts for the wellbeing of the Richmond Hill Community, we believe his decision to recognize Mr. Pahlavi in this way demonstrates a grave lack of judgment, which minimizes the suffering of tens of thousands of Iranians under the Shah’s rule.

In addition, we are concerned that the Liberal Party of Canada has yet to comment on recent elections in Iran or to distinguish itself from the Conservative Party’s position, which fails to recognize how, even in a flawed system, ordinary Iranians continue to find a way to register opposition to their government.

Sadly, Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird’s arrogant dismissal of the election as “meaningless” reveals a total disconnect with reform and opposition movements inside Iran. Though he later, half -heartedly changed his position, under the pressure from the community, we still regard his first voluntary reaction as being the original statement of the Harper’s government.

Our community has a long and proud history in this country, which includes a genuine commitment to civic engagement and participation, and to the expansion of human rights in Canada, Iran and around the world. We trust that the Liberal Party of Canada shares these goals, and we hope that your relationship with our community will respect our
collective aspirations, and not merely the ambition or opportunism of a select few individuals.

We look forward to hearing from you soon. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

Respectfully yours,

Niaz Salimi
Iranian Canadian Community Council

Endorsed by:

Toronto Iranians Community Group
Afghan Iranian Youth Network
Centre for Thought, Dialogue and Human Rights in Iran
Canadian-Iranian Coalition for Peace

CC Mr. Reza Moridi

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