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Trudeau bans members of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards from ever entering Canada

The Conservatives have been calling for the government to list the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist entity following weeks of protests

A woman places a placard with the photo of a person killed on Flight 752 during a protest on Parliament Hill, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022 in Ottawa. Relatives of those killed when Iran's military shot down the plane in January 2020 say Canada has become a safe haven for regime officials.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A woman places a placard with the photo of a person killed on Flight 752 during a protest on Parliament Hill, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022 in Ottawa. Relatives of those killed when Iran's military shot down the plane in January 2020 say Canada has become a safe haven for regime officials.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld Photo by Adrian Wyld /The Canadian Press

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is bringing in tough new immigration measures against the Iranian regime, which means some 10,000 members of the Revolutionary Guards will be forever barred from entering Canada.

The Conservatives have been calling for the government to list the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist entity, following weeks of protests in that country.

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The Liberal government has not provided their reasoning for not doing so, although experts have said there are a number of logistical and practical challenges to enforcing such a declaration.

Asked to explain why the government hasn’t declared the IRGC a terrorist entity in an interview earlier in the day, Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly said in an interview that Trudeau would have more to say on that topic later in the afternoon.

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Correction: A headline on a previous version of this story erroneously stated that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would declare the IRGC a terrorist entity. This was not definitively indicated in the article.