Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

April 11, 2010 16:49 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Private Tyler William Todd

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 11, 2010) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian soldier:

"On behalf of the Defence family and our brave men and women in uniform, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Private Tyler William Todd, who died today in Afghanistan. He was killed by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol in the Dand district, approximately eight kilometres southwest of Kandahar City. My best wishes for a speedy recovery also go out to his comrade who was injured in the same incident.

Pte. Todd was a professional, dedicated Canadian soldier who served valiantly alongside his comrades to help build a better and brighter future for Afghans. With the help of Canada and our international partners, Afghans are re-establishing themselves and their communities after decades of hardship and turmoil.

Our Canadian Forces members participating in this United Nations-mandated, NATO-led mission face an enemy that will go to any length to try to undermine any progress made. The courage demonstrated by Pte. Todd speaks volumes to his dedication to our country and to this mission. Canada will remain steadfast, and Taliban attacks will not deter our efforts to help Afghanistan achieve peace and stability.

Let us never forget Pte. Todd, whose self-sacrifice served to make life better for others."

Private Tyler William Todd was a member of the 1st Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Edmonton, Alberta.

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