Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 24, 2006 09:43 ET

Mps, Entertainers to Spend Christmas with the Troops in Kandahar

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 24, 2006) - Canadian troops in Kandahar got a surprise visit today from an august Canadian group which includes Canada's Defence Chief, a Cabinet Minister, two Members of Parliament, three well-known entertainers, a news anchor and a Quebec Rock Group.

The group will be spending Christmas in Kandahar with Canada's 2,500 troops, development workers, police and diplomats.

Chief of the Defence Staff, Gen Rick Hillier is accompanied by Treasury Board President, the honourable John Baird; Members of Parliament, Laurie Hawn and Jay Hill; entertainers Rick Mercer and Mary Walsh; Ottawa News Anchor, Max Keeping; singer Damhnait Doyle, and the rock group Jonas.

The visiting group also brought some Christmas gifts along for the Kandahar-based Canadians.

Canada is at the forefront of reconstruction efforts in Kandahar Province and plays a major role in the UN-sanctioned, NATO-led International Security Assistance Force. Canada is in Afghanistan at the request of the democratically-elected government - along with 36 other nations - to help build a stable, democratic, and self-sufficient society.

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