Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 30, 2007 14:54 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of a Canadian Soldier in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 30, 2007) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian soldier and the wounding of four others in Afghanistan:

"I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the family and friends of Gunner Jonathan Dion, who was killed today in Afghanistan. I also wish a quick recovery to the four other soldiers injured in this incident.

Gunner Dion was an exceptional Canadian who deserves the utmost gratitude and respect of this nation. This is a tragic loss for Canada and the Canadian Forces.

These soldiers were participating in a patrol in southern Afghanistan when their armoured vehicle struck a suspected improvised-explosive device. The patrol was part of Canada's efforts in this region aimed at creating the conditions necessary to allow reconstruction and development in a country devastated by decades of war and turmoil."

Gunner Jonathan Dion was a member of the 5th Regiment d'Artillerie legere du Canada, based in Valcartier, Quebec.

Contact Information