Tory senator joins Iranian embassy shindig

Don Meredith, apparently, didn’t see any contradictions with his party’s hard line on Iran

by Michael Petrou

Conservative Senator Don Meredith receives a thank you gift from Iran's cultural counsellor, Hamid Mohammadi. Photo: Michael Petrou.

Conservative Senator Don Meredith was the guest of honour at an Iranian embassy reception at Ottawa’s City Hall on Saturday.

The embassy rented space in the main atrium of City Hall for a Persian cultural exhibition. Books, musical instruments, photographs and art were displayed. A video in the background showed Western tourists in Iran marveling at how friendly everybody is. The event was open to the public but does not appear to have been advertised.

Food was served late in the afternoon. Then guests were ushered into the Council chamber, where an Iranian flag stood next to the Canadian one, to listen to speeches and watch another movie. Don Meredith delivered the opening remarks.

The senator began with a few words in Farsi, and joked that his French was even worse. He welcomed guests from the “Soviet” embassy and praised art as a universal language.

He then spoke to the reception’s organizers: those in the cultural wing of the Iranian embassy, as well as Ehsan Mohammadi, president of the Iranian Cultural Association at Carleton University, and the son of an Iranian diplomat in Ottawa.

“I want to take this time to commend you for helping our nations to achieve the unique yet interconnected cultural goals. I think it’s so important that we began to understand each other, that we began to really respect one another,” he said.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper appointed Don Meredith to the Senate in 2010, after Meredith finished fourth in a 2008 federal by-election. He is a Pentecostal pastor and sits on the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights.

Meredith said he had spoken previously at another Iranian event and had the honour of making a presentation to “my great friend,” Kambiz Sheikh-Hassani, Iran’s chargé d’affaires in Ottawa.

“It’s about us working together as countries that promote peace and harmony.  Not about what the media tells us we should talk about. Not about what fear mongers would want us to hear. But about us truly loving one another. So today may the almighty God continue to bless you, and this great work, and this great organization.”

Canadian has imposed severe sanctions on Iran because it believes Iran is actively seeking to acquire nuclear weapons. Prime Minister Harper has described the Iran as “the world’s most serious threat to international peace and security.”

Canada has also sanctioned members of Iran’s Quds Force because of their alleged role in a plot to assassinate Saudi Arabia’s envoy to the United States last year.

“Iran’s current leaders regularly ignore their obligations under international law. They obfuscate Iran’s nuclear activities and they block international attempts to verify the country’s claims,” John Baird, Canada’s minister of foreign affairs, said at the time. “They do so while continuing to violate the human rights of Iranian citizens and undermining regional security.”

But Meredith said his attendance at the Iranian embassy event did not put him in conflict with his party.

“Absolutely not. I’m a senator. I’m free to do as a I wish with respect to my engagement with the Iranian community and with the people of Iran,” he told Maclean’s. “Today’s not about politics. Today’s about enriching one another through art.”

Maclean’s contacted the Prime Minister’s Office but has not received a response.




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Tory senator joins Iranian embassy shindig

  1. SHAME SHAME SHAME

  2. It seems the Petro Dollars of Mullahs regime is working, hiring mercenaries to promote their cause, what a disgrace for a Canadian Senator to promote a regime of murder and rape to the world. I hope he got paid well. If Canadians have any honor they should kick this Senator out of the Senate.

  3. All I can say is:
    SHAME!!!!!
    These people who are governing my homeland are occupiers. To see their Islamic Culture, you better take a look at the video clip linked below.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lYy1ru23txo

  4. Shame on Senator Don Meredith. Reading this angered me so much.

    “It’s about us working together as countries that promote peace and harmony. Not about what the media tells us we should talk about. Not about what fear mongers would want us
    to hear. But about us truly loving one another. So today may the almighty God continue to bless you, and this great work, and this great organization.”
    ***
    What the heck is he on about? Dealing with IRI has always got to do with politics. He seriously thinks a bunch of criminal mullahs are interested in the promotion of peace & harmony? Is this guy living under a rock for the past 30+ years? Shame Shame Shame!

  5. Shame! Shame! Shame! Shame!

    As an Iranian-Canadian, it is a shame for me to see a conservative senator shaking hand with an blood thirsty Islamic Regime representative.

    So what happened to Harper’s words on the devilish Mullas and the greatest threat to the global security!??

    WE ALL ARE EXPECTING A FIRM RESPONSE FROM HONORABLE STEVEN HARPER HIMSELF.

    I am disgusted!

  6. Apparently, the regime of Iran’s envoys in Ottawa no longer adverse their events as they are afraid that we would ruin their joy…

    Senator Don Meredith, a Christian Pentecostal pastor who sits on the Senate Standing Committee on Human Rights was the guest of honour at an Iranian embassy reception at Ottawa.

    Despite all the information Shadi Paveh and I sent to all the honourable Senators and MPs including Senator Don Meredith, yet he goes and meets up with Hamid Mohammadi and says: “I’m free to do as a I wish with respect to my engagement with the Iranian community and with the people of Iran. Today’s not about politics. Today’s about enriching one another through art. It’s about us working together as countries that promote peace and harmony. Not about what the media tells us we should talk about. Not about what fear mongers would want us to hear. But about us truly loving one another. So today may the almighty God continue to bless you, and this great work, and this great organization.”

    Senator Don Meredith also called Kambiz Sheikh-Hassani, the IRI’s chargé d’affaires to Canada, a “great friend.”

    Senator Don Meredith, where has your humanity gone? If Hitler was alive, would you go and meet up with him to receive a cultural gift?! It is unacceptable and appalling to be shaking hands with the criminal IRI envoys. You sure support the Islamic Republic of Iran raping, executing & imprisoning Iranians!! You must do since you are happily friends with their envoys in Canada. We would strongly say to you Senator Don Meredith that this is an absolute madness and you’d better educate yourself that the illegal and criminal regime of Iran does NOT represent the Iranian people in Iran and the Iranian -Canadian community.

    Contact information for Senator Don Meredith. Please contact him to voice your concerns!
    email: meredd@sen.parl.gc.ca Tel. 613-996-8572 or 1-800-267-7362

    Shabnam Assadollahi, Shadi Paveh

  7. Perhaps this is just an indication that Meredith’s far right theocratic social views are perfectly at home with those of the mullahs.

  8. Senator Meredith should have taken a tour through Iran first to see what peace & harmony looks like in the form of bodies hanging off a crane.

  9. Honorable Senator Meredith, maybe you are very ill educated about the crimes against humanity committed by Iran’s regime, or Ahmadinejad’s denial of the Holocaust and his promise to distroy Israel. Just maybe you are just a statue sitting in an expensive suit in an expensive office. What do you say to us as a Reverend about Pastor Youcef Nadakhani who is sentenced to die in Iran for becoming Christian? what do you say as a long-standing member of the B’Nai Brith Canada Special Advisory Council to the League for Human Rights about Iran’s hatred for Israel? You have brought shame to the Prime Minister of Canada and the rest of us. As one of the Iranian-Canadian activist who translated the Mohammadi interview which was in the press many times in July and August of this year, you Sir disgust me. The very men whose hands you shook are envoys of a regime that rapes children in front of their parents, cuts off hands and feet for alleged theft, hangs juv
    enilles and uses tortures too horrible to mention in order to force confessions. All of which are well documented and readily available. This regime openly admits to supporting Syria and Hezbollah and I assume you do watch the news in your expensive suit. I really hope that you do not dare play ignorant about this as myself and my fellow activist have sent you many documents personally even this month. In all of my time being an activist I have not called anyone what I am about to call you; and this is due to many factors. You Sir are not ignorant because as a Senator that would be impossible, thus one must conclude that you are simply an imbecile who flutters to any event with any shiny gifts……
    RESIGN…..in the name of all those who died and are now in mass graves just resign….shame on you. Shadi Paveh

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