Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

October 28, 2009 19:08 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Lieutenant Justin Boyes

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 28, 2009) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian Forces member in Afghanistan:

"On behalf of the defence community, I wish to express my heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathies to the family, friends and fellow soldiers of Lieutenant Justin Boyes who died while conducting operations in Afghanistan. I would also like to wish a prompt and full recovery to the two other soldiers injured in the same incident.

Lt. Boyes was a professional and dedicated soldier, who served valiantly alongside his comrades to help build a better Afghanistan.

While our UN-sanctioned, NATO-led mission in Afghanistan continues to pose many risks to the members of the Canadian Forces, the Government of Canada and its international allies are committed to helping the people of Afghanistan rebuild their country. Canadians are proud of our soldiers and are grateful for their efforts in Afghanistan. Lt. Boyes gave his life while providing hope to Afghans for a brighter future. His sacrifice will not be forgotten."

Killed in action was Lieutenant Justin Boyes of the 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, serving with the Kandahar Provincial Reconstruction Team.

Contact Information