Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

August 19, 2007 12:40 ET

Message from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, on the Death of Private Simon Longtin

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 19, 2007) - "It was with great sadness that my husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond, and I learned of the death in Afghanistan of Private Simon Longtin of the 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Regiment.

He was fatally wounded by an explosive device, similar to the indiscriminant weapons that have threatened the civilian population as much as the NATO military forces and those delivering humanitarian aid.

Private Longtin wore the uniform with pride and he was convinced of the necessity of supporting the Afghan population whose most profound aspiration is to live a life of peace and total security.

Our thoughts are with his family and those closest to him, as well as his comrades still serving in that country, for whom this loss is immense. Today, all Canadians join together with them to grieve."

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