National Newswatch

First remains repatriated to Canada following Iran plane crash

Jan 21 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — The remains of one Canadian who was killed in the Iran plane crash have been repatriated, Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne confirmed Tuesday. The remains are the first to be repatriated since 57 Canadian citizens were killed when an Iranian surface-to-air missile struck a Ukrainian aircraft over Tehran on Jan. 8. Twenty-nine permanent residents of […]

Amid repatriation struggles, 17 Canadian families fighting to bring loved ones home

Jan 15 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — As Canada and Iran negotiate the legal issues involved with repatriating the remains of Canadians and dual citizens, Ukrainian Ambassador to Canada Andriy Shevchenko says there are 17 Canadian families who are currently fighting to see their loved ones’ remains returned to Canada. There were 57 Canadian citizens killed when an Iranian surface-to-air missile struck […]

Scheer places blame for plane shootdown on ‘Iran alone’

Jan 14 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Outgoing Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer placed the blame for the Iran plane crash on “the Iranian Regime alone” in a series of tweets Tuesday – just one day after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the shootdown was due to a recent “escalation” of tensions in the Middle East. He said his party wants to see […]

Harper calls for Iranian regime change in wake of downed jet

Jan 14 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Former prime minister Stephen Harper said he thinks Iran needs a change in regime in order for there to be peace in the Middle East –and he hopes the fallout from the recent Iran plane crash sparks that change. “I don’t think any of us believe that Iran would have deliberately shot down an aircraft, […]

RCMP temporarily suspends police training mission in Iraq

Jan 8 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — The RCMP has temporarily suspended its training mission in Iraq, where 12 Canadian police officers had been deployed to support Iraq missions. “The safety and security of Canada’s civilian police is of the utmost importance,” RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Caroline Duval said in an emailed statement. The decision was attributed to the “current situation in Iraq,” […]

PM Trudeau ‘shocked and saddened’ by crash that killed 63 Canadians

Jan 8 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said he’s “shocked and saddened” to hear about the Ukrainian passenger plane crash in Tehran, Iran which killed 176 people including 63 Canadians. “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 […]

Liberal MP defends Trudeau’s low profile following Soleimani killing

Jan 7 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — The Liberal parliamentary secretary for foreign affairs, Rob Oliphant, is defending Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s low profile four days after a U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani and exploded Iran-U.S. tensions. During a Tuesday episode of CTV’s Power Play, host Evan Solomon asked Oliphant when Trudeau plans to speak directly to […]

Conservative leadership hopefuls have 10 days to join race: Raitt

Jan 3 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — The Conservative Party will choose its new leader on June 27 in Toronto, former Conservative deputy leader Lisa Raitt told She added that this tight timeline means leadership hopefuls will need to make up their minds very soon. “People, if they haven’t made up their mind, they’re going to have to make up their […]

Canada’s foreign affairs minister calls for ‘restraint’ after U.S. kills Iranian general

Jan 3 2020 — Rachel Gilmore — Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne is calling on all sides to “exercise restraint and pursue de-escalation” following a targeted U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq that killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. “Our goal is and remains a united and stable Iraq,” Champagne said in a press release. “Canada is in contact with our international partners. The […]