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Canada provides money to families after plane shot down

Published: Jan. 17, 2020 at 5:31 PM CST
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will give Canadian $25,000 (US$19,122) to the families of each of the 57 citizens and 29 permanent residents of Canada who perished in the downing of a Ukrainian jetliner in Iran last week.

Trudeau said he still expects Iran to compensate the families but said they need help now for funerals, travel to Iran and bills.

He said any money Iran provides at a later date will go straight to the families and will not be reimbursed to the Canadian government.

Trudeau said Iran bears full responsibility for having shot down the civilian plane.

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