Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

December 19, 2010 01:21 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Corporal Steve Martin

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Dec. 19, 2010) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the death of Corporal Steve Martin in Afghanistan.

"I would like to express my deepest and most sincere condolences to the families and friends of Corporal Steve Martin, who died as the result of an improvised explosive device strike while on patrol in Afghanistan.

The UN-sanctioned, NATO-led mission to Afghanistan remains a challenging one, but the Canadian Forces continues to serve and sacrifice, alongside our international partners, in order to help the Afghan people achieve security and stability following decades of conflict. The Canadian Forces face this difficult task, in an extremely harsh environment, with courage and honour, and serve as a representation of Canadian values to the world.

Corporal Martin was an extraordinary Canadian who will always be remembered for the ultimate sacrifice he paid for this nation."

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