Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

July 16, 2009 13:10 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Private Sebastien Courcy

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 16, 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:

"I'd like to extend my heartfelt condolences to the family, friends and fellow soldiers of Private Sebastien Courcy of the Royal 22e Regiment who died while conducting operations in Afghanistan.

Private Sebastien Courcy was a dedicated soldier and a great Canadian who died while providing security to the people of Afghanistan so that they could build a better future for themselves. His service to Canada and the international community will not be forgotten.

Canada's continued role in this UN-sanctioned, NATO-led mission in Afghanistan remains a testimony to the bravery and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. Canadians are proud of our soldiers and cherish their efforts overseas. Thanks to the selfless and brave efforts of Private Sebastien Courcy, Afghanistan is becoming more secure and more prosperous."

Killed in action was Private Sebastien Courcy from 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Regiment based in Quebec City, Quebec.

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