Scheer places blame for plane shootdown on Iran alone

Scheer places blame for plane shootdown on  Iran alone
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OTTAWA -- 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 Canada take action against Iran, including imposing new sanctions on Iran and listing their Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps as a terrorist organization.

Scheer also called on Iran to compensate all victims of the crash, repatriate the victims remains and hold the perpetrators accountable.

"Immediate action is necessary. The Iranian Regime can not get a free pass after killing 57 Canadians," Scheer said in a series of tweets on Monday.

"If there were no tensions, if there was no escalation recently in the region, those Canadians would be right now home with their families," he said.

Tensions between Iran and the United States first heated up when, in 2018, U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal and imposed crippling sanctions on Iran. The tensions exploded on Jan. 3, when a targeted U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq killed Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Shortly afterwards, Iran fired ballistic missiles on two bases in Iraq where American soldiers were stationed. The strikes, according to Iran s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, were in retaliation for the U.S. airstrike in Baghdad, Iraq that killed Soleimani.
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