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Canada mulling compensation for families of crash victims, says MP Alghabra

By Palak Mangat      

Transport Minister Marc Garneau says Canada wants Iran to 'formalize' the country's role in the investigation into the Ukraine International Airlines flight that was downed on Jan. 8 and killed 57 Canadians.

Transport Minister Marc Garneau, pictured with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Jan. 8, 2020, repeated Canada's calls for Iran to 'formalize' the country's role in the probe of the deadly plane crash that left 57 Canadians dead. The Hill Times photograph by Sam Garcia

NATIONAL PRESS THEATRE –  Ottawa is “actively exploring options” that could include short-term compensation for families, in the wake of a deadly plane crash in Iran that killed 57 Canadians last week, says parliamentary secretary Omar Algahbra.

Palak Mangat

Palak Mangat is an online reporter with The Hill Times.
- pmangat@hilltimes.com


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News|By Neil Moss
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Ottawa should trigger Emergencies Act amid COVID-19 crisis, says retired general and former Liberal Andrew Leslie

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