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MH17 investigation a blueprint for Canada after 57 Canadians killed aboard Ukrainian flight in Iran, say former diplomats

By Neil Moss, Aidan Chamandy      

'I want answers. That means closure, transparency, accountability and justice,' says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured with Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan on Jan. 8, 2020, at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa, spoke to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte last week to hear about how the Netherlands handled the investigation after the Malaysian flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine in 2014. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

As Canada seeks to find answers behind the downing of Ukrainian passenger Flight 752 minutes after its take-off from Tehran on Jan. 8, former diplomats suggest the investigation into a 2014 Malaysian flight shot down over eastern Ukraine may offer a guiding path.

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