Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 21, 2010 14:44 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Sergeant James Patrick Macneil

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 21, 2010) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan:

"The Canadian Forces and the Department of National Defence mourn the death of Sergeant James Patrick Macneil, who was killed today after an improvised explosive device detonated during a foot patrol, about 20 kilometres southwest of Kandahar City. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his loved ones in this time of grief.

Sergeant Macneil served valiantly alongside his comrades to help build a better and brighter future for Afghans. His passing illustrates some of the risks that the selfless men and women of the Canadian Forces face every day in carrying out their duties.

Canada is in Afghanistan as part of a UN-sanctioned mission to help build a stable, democratic, and self-sufficient society. Our Canadian Forces members are playing a key role in this NATO-led mission, helping improve the security situation in order to create the conditions necessary for Afghans to live normal lives.

Sergeant Macneil was bringing hope to a population that has seen much hardship and turmoil.

His death is a terrible loss for the Canadian Forces and all of Canada."

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