Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 31, 2007 13:11 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Major Raymond Ruckpaul

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 31, 2007) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, issued the following statement today on the death of Major Raymond Ruckpaul:

"I would like to extend my condolences to the family of Major Raymond Ruckpaul who died in Afghanistan. My thoughts and prayers are with them during this difficult time.

This is a challenging mission, but Canada's government is showing international leadership by working alongside our international partners and standing up for something that is just. We are committed to helping the Afghan people achieve peace and stability and rebuild their country and its institutions."

Major Raymond Ruckpaul was based at the NATO Allied Land Component Command Headquarters in Heidelberg, Germany, and was serving in Kabul, Afghanistan with the International Security Assistance Force Headquarters.

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