|Note there is no Israel on this child's artwork|
According to a statement by Foreign Minister John Baird:
“Canada has closed its embassy in Iran, effective immediately, and declared personae non gratae all remaining Iranian diplomats in Canada.
“Canada’s position on the regime in Iran is well known. Canada views the Government of Iran as the most significant threat to global peace and security in the world today.
“The Iranian regime is providing increasing military assistance to the Assad regime; it refuses to comply with UN resolutions pertaining to its nuclear program; it routinely threatens the existence of Israel and engages in racist anti-Semitic rhetoric and incitement to genocide; it is among the world’s worst violators of human rights; and it shelters and materially supports terrorist groups, requiring the Government of Canada to formally list Iran as a state sponsor of terrorism under the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act.
“Moreover, the Iranian regime has shown blatant disregard for the Vienna Convention and its guarantee of protection for diplomatic personnel. Under the circumstances, Canada can no longer maintain a diplomatic presence in Iran. Our diplomats serve Canada as civilians, and their safety is our number one priority.
“Diplomatic relations between Canada and Iran have been suspended. All Canadian diplomatic staff have left Iran, and Iranian diplomats in Ottawa have been instructed to leave within five days.
Naturally, Iran did not take kindly to having diplomatic ties severed, and its diplomats forced to pack their bags and hit the road. Canada is "under the influence of the Zionist regime," Iran claims, and Ramin Mehmanparast said they will get back at Canada's 'extremist' government for its decision. Whatever that means. Canada an extremist government? How's that for a good laugh.
Now we need the rest of the world to follow suit, then maybe things will change in Iran.