They are family. Sisters and mothers. Brothers and fathers. Friends and colleagues. Young and old. They had hopes and dreams. They had stories and aspirations. They were, and always will be, a cherished part of the Canadian story.
Across the country, and here in Spadina—Fort York, we mourn the loss of 57 lives cut short due to the tragic crash in Tehran, Iran. We extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims, and to those closest to them. As we learn the names of those who are no longer with us, we begin to learn their stories – newlyweds and doctors, students and professors, teachers and children, researchers and engineers, dentists and architects.
The Prime Minister, Foreign Affairs Minister, and all of Government are engaged in responding to this tragedy, working to ensure that there is a thorough and credible investigation conducted to determine the causes behind this plane crash. We are working with all countries affected.
The Prime Minister and our Government are also working with our domestic incident response group, as well as our close allies to ensure that the families, all Canadians, and the international community are supported through this process.
Throughout the weekend, and over the next few months, Consular Affairs and our Government will be reaching out to the immediate families involved to make sure their needs are addressed in a timely and comprehensive fashion. This is a very difficult and very sensitive situation. There is much to do.
This tragedy has touched every corner of Canada and the full extent of the impact is still being measured. If you or your family are directly involved and need help accessing Government services, please don’t hesitate to contact my Constituency or my Parliamentary office for assistance.
We will also try to post vigils and memorials that are being organized, and additionally will be relaying any information we get from official sources as we move forward together.
Thank you and best wishes as we go forward.
Adam Vaughan, M.P.