Saturday, 24 August, 2019

Justin Trudeau to Restore Canada’s Relationship With Iran

Justin Trudeau, the leader of the Liberal Party, was sworn in as prime minister of Canada on Wednesday morning, ending nearly a decade of Conservative dominance.

Mr. Trudeau and his new cabinet took the oath of office at Rideau Hall, the official residence of the country’s governor general, David Johnston. They arrived shortly after Stephen Harper, the departing prime minister, tendered his resignation.

Among the many campaign promises Trudeau made in recent weeks, none is likely to be more sensitive and difficult to keep than his undertaking to restore diplomatic relations with Iran.

In 2012, Canada closed its embassy in Tehran and expelled the Iranian diplomats from the Canadian soil, officially declaring the suspension of diplomatic relations with Iran.

Trudeau said in June he’d move to normalize relations with Iran.

“I would hope that Canada would be able to reopen its mission, as I understand it, there were security concerns that led to the closing of the mission, but I’m fairly certain that there are ways to re-engage” Trudeau told a CBC interviewer in June, just as the United States and other world powers were concluding a nuclear deal with Iran that would reduce economic sanctions and open the country to renewed trade.

There’s a noteworthy Iranian-Canadian community scattered across Canada, which has nurtured prominent artists, scientists, scholars, businesspeople, entrepreneurs, journalists and even politicians who maintain close relations with the fellow citizens living in Iran, Huffington Post reported.

According to the 2011 Census of Canada, there are 163,290 residents of Canada who are recognized as Iranian by ancestry. This minority is relatively insignificant in terms of numbers when put against the total 34-million-strong population of Canada; however, many of them hold remarkable positions in academia, cultural institutions, business conglomerates and even the federal government at different levels, and this renders the Iranian-Canadian community an important part of Canadian life.

In the 2015 federal election just held on October 19, two Iranian-Canadian party-mates of Justin Trudeau were elected to the parliament: Ali Ehsassi and Majid Jowhari.

Now, Iranians living in Canada and their compatriots at home are wishing for a quick and immediate normalization of the relations between Tehran and Ottawa.

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