Canada says it might offer interim compensation to Iran plane crash victims
Families of the 57 Canadians killed on the Ukraine International Airlines flight that was shot down by the Iranian military may receive compensation, according to Liberal MP Omar Alghabra.
Alghabra, MP for Mississauga Centre and parliamentary secretary to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, has been tasked with supporting relatives of the victims. He said in a press conference on Wednesday that the Canadian government is actively exploring options when it comes to compensation.
Alghabra said interim compensation is one measure being considered and that "a decision will be made in short order."
Canada and the four other countries affected by the deadly crash are set to meet in London on Thursday to form a plan regarding the investigations surrounding the crash.
The foreign ministers of Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, Sweden, Ukraine and Afghanistan observe a moment of silence at the Canadian Embassy in London in memory of the victims of the Ukrainian Boeing crash in Tehran #UkraineFlight752 pic.twitter.com/vRmpHlrOXO— Sputnik Insight (@Sputnik_Insight) January 16, 2020
Federal Transport Minister Marc Garneau was at the press conference on Wednesday and said the purpose of Thursday's meeting is to establish how the countries will work together to ensure that all necessary questions are answered.
"That thorough investigation, if it is allowed to move forward, and we shall see in the days and weeks and months to come, will explain what exactly happened...and then it will allow us to talk about justice as well as well as compensation," said Garneau.
Garneau said Canada expects Iran will one day compensate the families and loved ones of the victims after an investigation has determined what exactly transpired.
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