March 23, 2015

Iran calls Canada's Harper government "extremist"

Brian LilleyArchive

Canada has been labeled "extremist" by Tehran.

Following Prime Minister Stephen Harper's call for an end to "tyranny" in a Iran, the Iranian government is lashing out, saying it is the Harper administration in Ottawa and not the ayatollah's in Tehran that are the real extremists.

On the weekend, during a speech to mark the Persian New Year, Harper said he had hopes for a free Iran.

From The Globe and Mail's report on the speech:

“Know that our government shares your hope that Iran itself will experience a renewal, that one day Iran will be a thriving, open country and the Iranian people will live free from tyranny and oppression,” Mr. Harper told the audience during his remarks.

A report by Iran's state broadcaster Press TV said those comments were called, "repetitious, illogical and tedious" by a spokeswoman for Iran's foreign ministry:

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, Marzieh Afkham, said on Monday that the Canadian premier made very superficial and unrealistic remarks about Iran, adding that Canada's conservative government is in fact an "extremist" administration.

“It is most probable that the freedom-seeking gesture of Mr. prime minister is aimed at mustering the votes of Canada-based Iranian community in the upcoming parliamentary elections,” Afkham added.

Despite the rhetoric from Tehran, Iran is not a free country.

The organization Freedom House ranks Iran as a "not free" country, one of the worst in the world compared to Canada's ranking as a "free" country with the best ranking possible.

The group Reporters Without Borders ranked Iran 173 to Canada's 18th place.

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commented 2015-03-24 08:51:51 -0400
Because we fight back
commented 2015-03-24 01:45:26 -0400
Let’s hope something happens sooner than later to restore freedom and dignity to the sophisticated and cultured people of Iran. Before their insane rulers blow them up.
commented 2015-03-23 15:09:00 -0400
Coming from the pinnacle of sound governance, Iran, that is a complement.
commented 2015-03-23 14:35:45 -0400
What do Canada and Iran have in common? Both have a state broadcaster that spew out garbage.
commented 2015-03-23 14:11:41 -0400
These befuddled Iranians are either too stupid or maybe to naive to realize that nobody takes them seriously.
commented 2015-03-23 13:57:29 -0400
This being an election year, Harper isn’t going to be able to “win” no matter what he does. It’s obvious that any party would try to win voters during these last few months prior to election and that some things they do are based on vote winning, but every time Harper says or does anything he is accused of trying to sway voters. So what is a government to do at this point? Stop governing or even speaking on world issues in case their motives are brought into question?
commented 2015-03-23 13:49:15 -0400
Gee, the terrorists in Iran agree with the leftists (including True-duh and Mulcair) here in Canada! What a shock!
commented 2015-03-23 13:43:28 -0400
This is great news, since no one with any sense would ever trust an ayatollah as far as they could throw one (other than off a rooftop).

It’s well understood, in the civilized world, that any crap that spews out of an extremist, tyrannical, Iranian government spokesperson’s mouth can be taken as a blatant disregard for the truth, and therefore it is the opposite that will be the true.

I wonder if the Iranian government would permit the Conservative Party in Canada to use that television footage as election campaign material?
commented 2015-03-23 13:29:55 -0400
I am sure the ISIS-PROGRSSIVE MEDIA AXIS OF DIS-IINFORMATION will concur with the Iranians
commented 2015-03-23 13:10:45 -0400
I believe tis is one of the countries Justin Trudeau is enamoured of especially his brother Sasha who has accepted money from them for film making.
commented 2015-03-23 12:39:31 -0400
Lets send some of our lefty gay friends to Iran and let them spread their new sex education doctrine. Lets see if they allowed in. Lets see if they can fly off a tall building. Why did we see signs on the roofs BOMB HERE. Is it because Iran is free, JUST TRY IT
Enlightened Conservative
commented 2015-03-23 12:30:54 -0400
Knowing an election is coming. This is Iran trying to make our PM fall in line like the American coward Obama. What they don’t understand is that our PM isn’t in office for the perks he’s there to make a difference in the country and the world. When was the last time anyone saw our leader out golfing during important world events. It’s a scary world when Canada is one of the few country left who will stand up to tyranny. If Harper is defeated by Trudeau,I believe we will have lost the last of the true leaders the world has left. The future is starting to turn dark. The only hope is the Americans cast the loony left aside and get on with policing the bad guys.
commented 2015-03-23 12:17:46 -0400
Sell the CBC to Iran for one dollar………:-)
commented 2015-03-23 12:09:20 -0400
That’s a good story for the CBC to run with. What is truly worrisome though is that so many CBC viewers will believe Iranian thugs to our democratically elected Prime Minister.