Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 08, 2009 16:46 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Private Alexandre Peloquin

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Gateway, issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan:

"I extend my heartfelt sympathy to the family and friends of Private Alexandre Peloquin, who was killed today when an explosive device detonated during a foot patrol in the Panjwai District.

Pte Peloquin was a brave Canadian who deserves the gratitude and respect of his nation. He served valiantly, and represents Canadian values and traditions in the finest sense.

He gave his life to provide hope to Afghans for a better future and to protect Canadian national interests and the values of freedom, democracy respect for human rights and the rule of law. This UN-sanctioned, NATO-led mission is a challenging one and Canada and the world community will not be swayed from this noble cause.

The sacrifice Pte Peloquin made in honour of Canada and the Canadian people will not be forgotten."

Private Alexandre Peloquin was from the 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Regiment based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier, near Quebec City.

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