Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

April 16, 2009 17:28 ET

A Statement From the Chief of the Defence Staff

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 16, 2009) -

GENERAL WALT NATYNCZYK

I want to offer my sincerest apologies to anyone who may have been offended by the decision to return troops to Ottawa prior to the final repatriation of our fallen comrade Trooper Karine Blais.

Having personally attended many Repatriation Ceremonies in Trenton, I can assure all Canadians that our goal is to treat all fallen soldiers with respect, dignity and honour and it is our intention to continue to ensure this policy is followed.

Today Her Excellency the Governor General, the Minister of National Defence and I met with Trooper Blais' family in Trenton to extend our deepest support during this very difficult time in which we all grieve.

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