Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

November 17, 2007 11:53 ET

Message from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada, on the Deaths of Corporal Nicolas Raymond Beauchamp and Private Michel Jr. Levesque

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 17, 2007) - My husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond, and I were deeply saddened to learn of the recent deaths of two soldiers Corporal Nicolas Raymond Beauchamp, 5e Ambulance de campagne, and Private Michel Jr. Levesque, 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Regiment, both based out of Valcartier, Quebec, as well as the death of an Afghan interpreter, west of Kandahar, in Afghanistan.

Our thoughts are with their families, friends and loved ones, whose anguish, suffering and distress are unimaginable. We also extend our wishes for courage and a prompt recovery to those injured in this tragedy.

These soldiers and their comrades went to Afghanistan with confidence in the importance of their mission: to rebuild this war-torn country, and to restore and maintain peace for its people. They offered up the very best of themselves, right to the end. We will never forget them.

Michaelle Jean

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