Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

June 08, 2008 11:02 ET

Message From Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, on the Death of Captain Jonathan (Jon) Sutherland Snyder

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 8, 2008) -

My husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond and I were saddened to receive news of the tragic death of Captain Jonathan (Jon) Sutherland Snyder, a member of the Operational Mentor and Liaison Team serving with the 1st Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry based in Edmonton, Alberta.

The accident occurred while he was on patrol with his comrades in the Zhari District of Afghanistan.

Every day, every hour, our Canadian women and men come up against numerous obstacles in difficult and threatening conditions. This mission, as we know it, involves danger in many forms: the terrain is hazardous, uncertainty is felt by all, the threat of attack is constant and risk is ever-present.

The Canadian Forces family grieves. The parents and friends of Captain Snyder are inconsolable.

May they take comfort in knowing that we share their sadness, as do Canadians from across the country.

Michaelle Jean

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