Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

September 14, 2009 10:31 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Private Patrick Lormand

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 14, 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 soldier in Afghanistan:

"On behalf of the Defence community and our brave men and women in uniform I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Private Patrick Lormand.

This courageous soldier died when an improvised explosive device detonated near the vehicle in which he was travelling. This event occurred while on patrol in an area west of Kandahar. Our thoughts and prayers go to the loved ones of the four valiant soldiers who were also wounded by this cowardly act.

Canada is in Afghanistan at the request of the democratically elected Afghan government and as part of an UN-mandated, NATO-led mission. Canada's government continues to show international leadership, to help the Afghan nation achieve peace and stability in order to rebuild their country towards a safe future for its people.

As a Canadian, Private Larmond deserves the gratitude and respect of his nation. As a soldier his steadfast strength and commitment will be remembered as an example to us all."

Killed in action was Private Patrick Lormand from 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment based in Valcartier, Quebec.

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