Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

December 30, 2009 23:55 ET

Statement from the Governor General of Canada

Statement from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, on the occasion of the death of four Canadian Soldiers and the Canadian journalist Michelle Lang

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 30, 2009) -

We have once again been hit with devastating news and cannot imagine a worse ending to the year. Four of our Canadian soldiers and Michelle Lang, a journalist with the Calgary Herald, were killed when their armoured vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan. Four more soldiers and an official member of Canada's civilian personnel were also injured in this attack.

This new tragedy, like all those before it, is shocking. It reminds us of the underhanded, blind, daily violence facing our Canadian soldiers, journalists and humanitarian workers in Afghanistan, who are working alongside the local population already hard hit by decades of terror.

Our thoughts are with the families, the loved ones and the colleagues of the deceased. We also wish the injured a prompt recovery.

Michaëlle Jean

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