The IRGC Qods Force is wholly funded by the government of Iran and the Canadian declaration and is further emphasis by the NATO member that Iran is considered a terrorist state. According to the announcement by Public Safety Minister Vic Toews:
“The list of terrorist entities sends a strong message that Canada will not tolerate terrorist activities, including terrorist financing, or those who support such activities,” said Minister Toews. “That is why Canada has made the principled decision to add the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force to the list.”
The Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Qods Force is the clandestine branch of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps responsible for extraterritorial operations, and for exporting the Iranian Revolution through activities such as facilitating terrorist operations. The Qods Force provides arms, funding and paramilitary training to extremist groups, including the Taliban, Lebanese Hizballah, Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine-General Command. Earlier this year, under the Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act, the Government of Canada listed Iran as a state that supports terrorism.
In another significant move, the Canadian government also removed the Mujahedin-e-Khalq from the list of terror organizations. The MEK is a rebel group opposing the Iranian regime.