Canadian MP Supports Iranian People’s Quest for Freedom and Democracy

Written by
Shamsi Saadati

On March 28, 2023, at the House of Commons of Canada, the Canadian MP, Honorable Judy Sgro, expressed her unwavering support for the Iranian people’s quest for freedom and democracy.

Hon. Sgro emphasized that the Iranian people’s dream is to have a free and democratic secular Iran, and she urged all parliamentarians to continue to be their voice and keep the pressure on the regime. She also expressed solidarity with the Iranian people’s rejection of all forms of dictatorship and their desire for a secular and democratic republic.

Below is the partial text of her remarks, revised and edited for clarity:

I want to share with the House I had an opportunity last year, as well as several of my colleagues from other parties, to attend a meeting with representatives of the NCRI and talked about democracy and their quest for freedom for the Iranian people. For over 40 years, NCRI has been standing and protesting against this brutal regime and its dream. And the dream of most Iranians is to have a free and democratic secular Iran. That’s what people want. That’s what NCRI wants. That’s what the United States wants. They recently, I believe two weeks ago, congress passed Motion 100, and it was endorsed by hundreds of congressmen and senators supporting the Ten Point Plan put forward by NCRI. But again, the goal is to have a free and democratic Iran. That’s why we all want to see an end to their brutality. We’re so fortunate to live in this wonderful country of ours and to have the freedom that we have to come and go as we please, to say the things that need to be said, our freedom of speech, freedom of dress, all of the things that we take for granted. That’s what the Iranian people are fighting for now.

Canadian MP Judy Sgro supports Iranian people’s quest for freedom and democracy- March 28, 2023
And I think it’s critically important that we, together as parliamentarians of all stripes, continue to be their voice, to continue to keep that pressure on them, so that ultimately there will be many parties to choose from, whether it’s NCRI or others that get together. It’ll be up to the Iranian people that don’t want to have a dictatorship, that wants freedom as we have. And I have heard that word so many times. The Iranian people want what we have, that freedom of choice, freedom to vote for who you want to do.

We stand in solidarity with the people of Iran in their desire for a secular and democratic republic in which no individual, regardless of religious beliefs or birthright, has any privileges over others. Through their slogans, as we’ve heard many nights on the nightly news, the Iranian people have made it clear that they reject all forms of dictatorship, be it the form of the deposed shah or the current theocratic regime, and thus reject any association with any of the others. The goal here, I think, for all of us is to see a free and democratic Iran.

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