Iran Crash: Political Reaction

Iran Crash: Political Reaction

By Andrew Thomson | UPDATED January 10, 2020 3:15pmET

Watch and follow updates to the political fallout in Canada and abroad following the crash of Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 572, which killed all 176 on board, including dozens of Canadians. 

  • Iran continues to reject claims that an anti-aircraft missile was responsible, despite video evidence believed to show the strike on Flight 572 just hours after the Iranian military launched missiles against Iraq military bases housing American and Canadian troops.

  • The Ukrainian government has requested information from Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia. And as President Vladimir Zelensky announced the missile allegation could not be ruled out, his security officials also consider a terrorist attack possible.
  • Canadian investigators from the Transportation Safety Board have been invited to Iran, but questions remain about what they will have access to — notably the “black box” flight recorder and plane debris.

January 9


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada had credible intelligence that an Iranian missile was responsible for downing the Ukrainian International Airlines flight carrying 176 people, including 63 Canadians.

Trudeau repeated Canada’s interest in joining the investigation on the ground in Iran.

The prime minister also faced questions on how Canada would respond if the missile claim is confirmed.

WATCH Justin Trudeau’s full news conference in Ottawa:

Meanwhile, Canada’s foreign affairs minister

WATCH Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne and British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab in Montreal:

The opposition parties supported the government’s desire for more access to the crash site and debris, with the Conservatives repeating their call for Canada to classify Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization.

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh called for the House of Commons to return early from the Christmas break:

January 8

WATCH Justin Trudeau’s full news conference with cabinet ministers Marc Garneau (Transport) and Harjit Sajjan (Defence), Chief of the Defence Staff Gen. Jonathan Vance, and senior government officials:

TOP PHOTO: Debris at the scene where the Ukrainian jetliner crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)