We asked Canadian politicians why they engaged with a 'cult'-like group from Iran - 2019-08-09
It looked like a scene from The Handmaid's Tale. Two glittering flags projected on jumbo screens behind a well-known politician as he addressed a massive gathering, flanked by woman dressed in identical red headscarves and black-and-white overcoats.
But this was no Republic of Gilead: it was rural Albania, the flags were Canadian, and the politician — former prime minister Stephen Harper — was addressing Iranian men and women, alongside dignitaries from at least 10 different countries.
"I am delighted to be here because there are few causes in this world today more important at this moment than what you are pursuing — the right of the people of Iran to change their government, and their right to do it through freedom and the power of the ballot box," Harper declared to loud applause last month.