Canada

Liberals rap Kenney for appearing at rally for group on terror list

The Liberal Party accused Conservative MP Jason Kenney of hypocrisy on Thursday, after it was revealed that he appeared at a rally earlier this year for an Iranian group with terrorist links.

The Liberals accused Jason Kenney of hypocrisy on Thursday, after it was revealed the Conservative MP had appeared at a rally earlier this year for an Iranian group with terrorist links.

A photo of Kenney, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's parliamentary secretary, atthe April rally appears on a website for the National Council of Resistance of Iran, the political wing of the People's Mujahedin Organization of Iran.

The PMOI is one of the names used by Mujahedin-e-Khalq, an Iranian rebel group put on Canada's official terror list in May 2005. The U.S. and Britain have also designated it a terrorist organization.

On Tuesday, Kenney criticized some opposition MPs for their recent comments concerning Hezbollah, the radical Islamist groupthat is also on Canada's list of terrorist organizations.Kenney likened Hezbollah to the Nazi Party of the 1930s.

Liberal MP Borys Wrzesnewskyj, who had made contradictory public comments about whether Hezbollah should be on the list, later resigned his post as foreign affairs critic.

Liberal interim leader Bill Graham, who accepted Wrzesnewskyj's resignation, condemned Kenney's actions on Thursday.

"I think it's so hypocritical when you heard the words that came out of his mouth a couple of days ago about the observations made about one of our members and then you find he himself is standing there embracing a terrorist group."

Liberal Denis Coderre, who was criticized for marching in a peace rally in Montreal earlier this month where Hezbollah flags were present, said Kenney should apologize and denounce the group.

"Jason Kenney, who likes to play politics and is as subtle as Barney Rubble in politics, should know better," Coderre said.

Regarding his appearance at the rally in Ottawa, Kenney told the Toronto Star he was "completely unaware of the context as it is presented here [on the website], even though we had done our due diligence."

Kenneytold the Starhe made a very brief appearance and told the gathering "that Canadian people would stand in solidarity with the Iranian people in their wish for respect for human dignity and human rights and democracy."

Public Safety Minister Stockwell Day reportedly sent his best wishes to the Iranian group ahead of a rally they held in Paris.