Prime Minister Trudeau to attend Edmonton memorial service for crash victims

OTTAWA – Justin Trudeau is scheduled to attend a vigil in Edmonton as we speak to pay his respects and mourn the lack of the victims of the Ukrainian jetliner crash in Iran.


The prime minister may also be talking at this afternoon’s memorial service on the Saville Group Sports activities Centre.

There have been 57 Canadians among the many 176 folks killed in final Wednesday’s tragedy, together with 13 from the Edmonton space.

One other vigil to honour the victims might be held later this morning on the College of Toronto’s Convocation Corridor.


Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has acknowledged that an Iranian missile shot down Ukraine Worldwide Airways Flight 752 minutes after it took off from Tehran’s airport. Iran’s navy stated the aircraft was mistaken for a hostile goal.

Trudeau informed a information convention in Ottawa Saturday he was “outraged and livid” that so many Canadians are grieving due to Iran’s actions, and that Iran should take “full accountability” for the “horrific” incident.

“This can be a tragedy that ought to not have occurred,” he stated, and he referred to as for an instantaneous effort to de-escalate the regional tensions that he says contributed to the “nice lack of harmless life.”


Along with the 57 Canadian residents on the aircraft, dozens extra have been certain for Canada, a lot of them college students and professors returning after spending the December break visiting kin in Iran.

Rouhani spoke with Trudeau by cellphone Saturday after posting on Twitter that investigations would proceed to “determine and prosecute this nice tragedy and unforgivable mistake.”

Trudeau stated he informed Rouhani he anticipated Canada to be totally concerned within the investigation together with having access to the airplane’s black bins, and being allowed to take part in DNA identification of the victims. He additionally demanded consular entry for Canadian officers to work with grieving households of Canadian victims in Iran.


Three officers from World Affairs Canada landed in Tehran Saturday to arrange the primary Canadian consular presence on the bottom because the crash occurred. Seven extra diplomats and two investigators from the Transportation Security Board have been additionally ready for visas to journey to Iran to assist.

Canada severed diplomatic ties with Iran in September 2012, closing its embassy and recalling all diplomats. With no diplomatic presence, Italy and Turkey have been aiding Canadians in Tehran.