Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

December 19, 2010 01:17 ET

Message from His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, on the death of Corporal Steve Martin

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2010) - Our nation stands together in sorrow today, following the death of Corporal Steve Martin, who died after an improvised explosive device detonated while on patrol in Afghanistan. He was serving with 1er Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group, based at Valcartier, Quebec.

While I have just begun my duties as governor general of Canada, I now feel the weight of my responsibilities as commander-in-chief. Like his comrades-in-arms, Corporal Martin displayed an admirable sense of duty to Canada, bringing great pride to his unit and to the Forces as a whole.

The grief brought by this loss is felt throughout the entire military family and by Canadians from coast to coast. On behalf of all of them, I join with my wife, Sharon, in offering our deepest sympathies to Corporal Martin's loved ones and friends.

David Johnston

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