08/01/20: Today marks the one year anniversary since Iran shot down a Ukrainian civilian airliner - flight 752 - killing 172 innocent people. Among them were 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents of this country. The killing of Canadians and innocents has shattered many lives.
As I wrote in the National Post on November 26, 2020: Iran has come out strong against Canada and has refused to work hand in hand in transparency to uncover the circumstances resulting in its shooting down of the plane. What more, Iran must stop with its "shenanigans" in the Middle East and join the world community as a peaceful country. https://nationalpost.com/opinion/avi-benlolo-diplomatic-rift-between-tehran-and-ottawa-continues-to-grow
In a statement today, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said: “Over the past year, Canada has worked tirelessly to get the transparency, accountability, and justice that the victims and their families deserve. We have been unrelenting in pursuit of the truth, and Canada will not accept anything less than a comprehensive and honest explanation from the Iranian regime of what exactly happened that day. We continue to work closely with our international partners to ensure a thorough, transparent, and credible investigation into the cause of this tragedy, and to hold Iran accountable, including by ensuring that Iran makes full reparations for the victims of PS752 and their grieving families, and to ensure that those responsible are brought to justice."
Canada has designated January 8th as National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Air Disasters.