Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

August 19, 2007 13:07 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Private Simon Longtin

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 19, 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 Private Simon Longtin:

"Private Simon Longtin, a professional, dedicated Canadian soldier, made the ultimate sacrifice in Afghanistan. My deepest condolences go out to his family, comrades and friends, as we all mourn this loss.

Private Longtin was an exceptional Canadian who deserves the gratitude and respect of his nation. He served valiantly, and represents Canadian values and traditions in the finest sense.

Our mission in Afghanistan is noble and in our national interest, and we will forever honour our troops who put themselves on the line to defend those interests and make a positive difference in the lives of others."

Private Simon Longtin was a member of the 3e Bataillon, Royal 22e Regiment, based out of Valcartier, Quebec.

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