Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

August 09, 2008 18:17 ET

Message from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, on the death of Master Corporal Joshua Brian Roberts

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 9, 2008) - Today, our nation mourns the loss of another proud member of our Canadian Forces. Master Corporal Joshua Brian Roberts, a member of the 2nd Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, based in Shilo, Manitoba, lost his life in a tragic incident.

Throughout the course of our military history, thousands have answered the call of duty to defend freedom in different parts of the world, contributing to the restoration of peace and justice, in honour of humanity's democratic values. Like generations of soldiers who came before, Master Corporal Roberts was dedicated to these ideals. He courageously sacrificed so much to build the foundations of peace and stability in Afghanistan, where conflict and dictatorship have reigned for decades. His contributions were exceptional; his loyalty to his comrades in the 2nd Battalion PPCLI never faltered.

On behalf of all Canadians, I join with my husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond, in offering our deepest condolences to the families, loved ones and friends of Master Corporal Roberts. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.

Michaelle Jean

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