The Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and the Honourable Marc Garneau, Minister of Transport, today issued the following statement:
“A year ago, on January 8, 2020, the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 claimed the lives of 176 people, including 55 Canadian citizens, 30 permanent residents and numerous others with ties to Canada.
“On this date, we gather, mourn and reaffirm our determination to help the families of the victims get the answers they deserve.
“Canada’s priority since the downing of PS752 has always been to provide families and loved ones with the support they need. We continue to work with other impacted countries to hold Iran to account and seek transparency and justice for the victims of this tragedy and their families.
“No one should have to go through the torment these families have faced. That is why Canada is working with its international partners through the Safer Skies Initiative to protect civilian air passengers from the dangers of travelling through and near conflict zones.
“The Government of Canada will continue to stand alongside the families and relatives of the victims who lost their lives during the senseless tragedy of Flight PS752.”