Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

August 02, 2009 13:53 ET

Message From Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, on the Death of Two Canadian Soldiers in Afghanistan

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 2, 2009) - Words cannot express the pain and sadness we feel upon learning of the death of Corporal Christian Bobbitt from 5e Régiment du génie de combat serving as a member of the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment, and another soldier, who's name is being withheld at this time in order to respect the family's wishes. Both were killed on patrol when their vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in the Zhari district, 15 km outside Kandahar City. Another of their comrades was gravely wounded.

The thoughts of my husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond, and I are with the parents, families, loved ones and friends of these soldiers. This is a devastating blow to all of them, who today are inconsolable. We hope they can take comfort knowing that they are not alone, and that Canadians everywhere are touched and saddened by their loss. Above all, with the greatest respect and consideration, we will never forget the heroic contributions of these brave soldiers.

They gave the very best of themselves and their lives knowing that their efforts would help to improve the lives of thousands of women, men and children whose greatest desire is to live in a peaceful, safe country, where democracy and justice prevail.

Their courage and self-sacrifice honour them.

Michaelle Jean

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