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Poll In Canada Shows 76 Percent Support More Sanctions On Iran

A gathering in Toronto university, in solidarity with the victims of Plane Crash in Iran, on January 13, 2020.

A poll released on Wednesday showed that 76 percent of Canadians surveyed would support Ottawa's increased sanctions on the Islamic Republic, in the wake of last month's downing of a civilian airliner by Iran's military, which killed many Canadians.

The new Ipsos poll, exclusively conducted for the Global News, also notes that 89 percent of the participants in the survey wanted Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's administration to press Iran to pay damages to the families of the victims of a passenger plane shot down on January 8, over Tehran.

The Islamic Revolution Guards Corps anti-air missiles hit Flight 752 of the UIA and killed all 176 onboard.

Meanwhile, Ottawa pressed Tehran on Wednesday to send the flight recorders from the crashed Boeing 737-800 immediately to France where the data can be analyzed, the Canadian foreign ministry said in a statement.

Tehran has adamantly refused to release the black boxes so far.

"Despite Ukraine's request, Iran will not send the black boxes abroad, and data should be deciphered inside the country," the Islamic Republic Minister of Urban Development and Roads, Mohammad Salami, announced on January 22.

Nevertheless, Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne on February 5, said he demanded a "thorough, credible, and transparent investigation" in a call with Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada had earlier pointed out that Iran did not have the ability to read the data, and he demanded the cockpit and flight recorders should be sent to France.

In the meantime, Kyiv also wants the shattered black boxes sent to Ukraine.

After initially denying it had anything to do with the January 8 crash of the airliner, Iran finally admitted responsibility three days later for "mistakenly shooting down" the UIA passenger plane.

Canada has said that 57 of the victims were Canadian citizens, and 29 were permanent residents returning to the country. Most of the Canadian victims of the deadly downing were of Iranian origin.

However, the Global News poll conducted by Ipsos also shows 60 percent of Canadians support restoring formal diplomatic ties with Tehran.

In 2012, Canada severed diplomatic relations with Tehran, citing Iran's material support to Bashar al-Assad's regime during the Syrian Civil War, non-compliance with United Nations resolutions regarding its nuclear program, continuing threats to Israel, and fears for the safety of Canadian diplomats following attacks on the British embassy in Iran.

Furthermore, Canada formally listed the clergy-dominated Iranian regime as a state sponsor of terrorism.

Referring to the Islamic Republic's nuclear program John Baird, Canadian Foreign Minister at the time, said Canada perceived Iran to be the world's biggest threat to peace and security.