Canada’s Conservatives demand accountability on Ukraine flight

Rescuers work at the air crash site of a Boeing 737 Ukrainian passenger plane in Parand district, southern Tehran, Iran, on Jan. 8, 2020. (Photo by Ahmad Halabisaz/Xinhua/IANS)

THE Conservatives finally reacted to the downing of the Ukrainian flight on Saturday with Erin O’Toole, Conservative Critic for Foreign Affairs, James Bezan, Critic for National Defence, Pierre Paul-Hus, Critic for Public Safety, and Todd Doherty, Critic for for Transport, issued the following statement calling on the Liberal government to take immediate action regarding the developing situation in Iran:

“Last night, the Iranian regime took responsibility for shooting down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. As a result, 176 people including 57 Canadians lost their lives and their friends and families are hurting and reeling from the loss.

“Justin Trudeau and the Liberals must take immediate action to ensure those responsible are held accountable for this terrible atrocity.

“Canada’s Conservatives call on the Trudeau Liberals to take the following measures:

  1. Immediately implement the Conservative motion passed by Parliament in 2018 to list Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist organization.
  2. Demand Iran compensate all victims of the crash, repatriate their remains, and hold the perpetrators of this atrocity accountable.
  3. Be prepared to impose Magnitsky Sanctions on Iran if they don’t fully cooperate with the international investigation.

“The fact that 57 Canadians lost their lives due to an Iranian missile requires action by the Trudeau Liberals. The status quo is unacceptable. The actions listed above represent a measured response to ensure that the families of the victims receive justice.

“The Iranian regime must not get a free pass after killing 57 Canadians. Canada’s Conservatives will continue to advocate for the appropriate and measured response necessary to ensure that Iran is held accountable and the families of the victims receive the justice they deserve.”