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“A tragedy that shocked not only #Canada but the World… our own Intelligence the evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by Iranian surface-to-air missile” This may well have been unintentional Prime Minister Trudeau

Channel 1 Los Angeles

Canada 1/10/2020

Prime Minister Trudeau updates Canadians on the fatal plane crash in Iran

Like many across the country, I am still discovering the stories of the people who lost their lives in yesterday’s plane crash in Iran.

My thoughts are with the victims and their families, and with our communities who are mourning their loss.

What happened yesterday was a tragedy.

A tragedy that shocked not only Canada, but the world.

So before we go any further, I want to extend once again my most sincere condolences to the families of the victims, and their loved ones.

I, and we, are all standing with you.

Since I last addressed Canadians, there have been ongoing discussions with Foreign Ministers, senior intelligence and military officials, including the fourth meeting of our incident response group.

There have been important developments regarding the potential causes of this deadly crash, developments of which Canadians should be made aware.

The news will undoubtedly come as a further shock to the families who are already grieving in the face of this unspeakable tragedy.

We have intelligence from multiple sources, including our allies’ and our own intelligence. The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.

This may well have been unintentional.

This new information reinforces the need for a thorough investigation into this matter.

Canada is working with its allies to ensure that a thorough and credible investigation is conducted to determine the causes of this fatal crash.

As I said yesterday, Canadians have questions – and they deserve answers.

Allow me to repeat what I just announced in French.

We have intelligence from multiple sources, including our allies’ and our own intelligence. The evidence indicates that the plane was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile.

This may well have been unintentional.

This new information reinforces the need for a thorough investigation into this matter.

As I said yesterday, Canadians have questions – and they deserve answers.

Canada is working with its allies to ensure that a thorough and credible investigation is conducted to determine the causes of this fatal crash.

Last night, Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne spoke with Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif.

Minister Champagne made it clear that Canadian officials must immediately be granted access to Iran in order to provide consular services, identify the victims and participate in a thorough investigation.

He also condemned Iranian strikes that targeted military bases in Iraq where Coalition forces, including Canadians, are currently stationed.

Minister Zarif committed to continuing this dialogue with Canada as we seek answers.

I spoke with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky earlier today and conveyed my condolences to the Ukrainians who perished in this tragedy.

He assured me that Ukraine is taking all necessary measures to ensure a thorough investigation.

And we will work closely with Ukraine and our partners throughout this process.

I also called Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands. He shared with me his experience in handling with the aftermath and investigation into Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

I also spoke with President Macron again today. President Macron is offering his assistance as we work through these extremely difficult times.

I am also in contact with a number of other international leaders and discussions are ongoing.

We will continue to work closely with our partners in the days and weeks ahead.

In light of this new information, it is now more important than ever that we know exactly how such a tragedy could have happened.

The families of the victims and all Canadians want answers.

I want answers.

That means closure, transparency, accountability, and justice.

And this government will not rest until we get that.

Thank you for being here this morning.

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