Cariboo-Prince George MP and transport critic Todd Doherty has issued the following statement regarding the plane crash in Iran that claimed the lives of 63 Canadians:
I was devastated to hear news that 63 of our fellow Canadians were killed in a plane crash last night and wish to express my heartfelt condolences and sympathies to the families and friends of those lost in this terrible tragedy. While it is early and the details of the cause of this crash remain to be seen, I am firmly committed to working with the Minister of Transport in pursuit of the answers the families of these Canadian victims expect during this most difficult time.”
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the following statement:
This morning, I join Canadians across the country who are shocked and saddened to see reports that a plane crash outside of Tehran, Iran, has claimed the lives of 176 people, including 63 Canadians.
“On behalf of the Government of Canada, Sophie and I offer our deepest condolences to those who have lost family, friends, and loved ones in this tragedy. Our government will continue to work closely with its international partners to ensure that this crash is thoroughly investigated, and that Canadians’ questions are answered. Today, I assure all Canadians that their safety and security is our top priority. We also join with the other countries who are mourning the loss of citizens.
“Minister Champagne has been in touch with the government of Ukraine, and is speaking to relevant authorities and to international partners. Minister Garneau is also working with officials from Transport Canada, and is reaching out to his international counterparts.
“Friends and relatives of Canadian citizens believed to be on board can contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre by calling 613-996-8885 or 1-800-387-3124, or by sending an email to email@example.com. Canadian citizens in Iran requiring consular assistance should contact the Canadian Embassy in Ankara at +90 (312) 409 2700 or call Global Affairs Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre at +1 613-996-8885.”