Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 17, 2009 20:05 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Private Jonathan Couturier

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 17, 2009) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, issued the following statement today on the death of Private Jonathan Couturier in Afghanistan.

"I would like to express my profound condolences to the family and friends of Private Jonathan Couturier, who died as the result of an improvised explosive device detonating near his vehicle on a road in Panjwai District, southwest of Kandahar City.

I would also like to express my support to the family and friends of the soldiers injured in the same incident, and wish them a quick recovery.

Canada is in Afghanistan at the request of the democratically elected Afghan government and as part of a UN-mandated, NATO-led mission. While the mission remains challenging, our men and women in uniform are meeting these challenges on a daily basis.

We remain steadfast in our objective to help Afghans build a brighter future for themselves so they may live in freedom.

Private Jonathan Couturier was an exceptional Canadian and soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. He has earned the recognition and the respect of his country."

Killed in action was Private Jonathan Couturier from the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment, based in Valcartier, Quebec. He was serving as a member of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment Battle Group.

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