Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

January 15, 2008 15:56 ET

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

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 15, 2008) - 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 in Afghanistan:

"We mourn the death of Trooper Richard Renaud who died today in Afghanistan. We also extend our wishes for a prompt recovery to the soldier who was injured in the same incident. Our thoughts and prayers go out to their friends and families at this difficult time.

These soldiers were participating in a patrol in Arghandab District when the vehicle they were traveling in struck an Improvised Explosive Device.

I join with Canadians who stand proudly with our men and women of the Canadian Forces as they courageously risk their lives every day to bring peace and security to the people of Afghanistan. The sacrifices of these soldiers will not be forgotten and this event will not deter us from continuing to help Afghans rebuild their country."

Trooper Richard Renaud was a member of the 12e Regiment blinde du Canada, Royal 22e Regiment, based in Valcartier, Quebec.

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