Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

July 07, 2008 11:43 ET

Message from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, on the death of Private Colin William Wilmot

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 7, 2008) -

It is with a very heavy heart that I learned of the tragic death of Private Colin William Wilmot, who perished while on patrol in Kandahar.

The driving force behind the international convention against antipersonnel landmines, Canada is pained to see another of its sons struck down by these explosive killing devices.

It was to support the Afghan people in their desire to escape this life of constant menace and violence that Private Wilmot agreed to brave all the dangers and gave his life. We must salute his courage and recognize the absolute commitment to humanity of this worthy young man.

In these difficult times, my husband Jean-Daniel Lafond and I join with all Canadians in expressing our heartfelt condolences to his family and friends, and of course his comrades who continue to carry out their mission in Afghanistan. May they know how much we share this terrible loss.

Michaelle Jean

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