Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

April 14, 2009 12:19 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Trooper Karine Blais

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 14, 2009) - The Honourable Peter Gordon MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, issued the following statement today on the death of Trooper Karine Blais:

"My most profound condolences go out to the family and friends of Trooper Karine Blais, who died yesterday in Afghanistan. Please be reassured by knowing that the country stands behind you in these most trying times. I also wish a speedy recovery to the four soldiers who were injured in the same explosion.

Trooper Blais was a professional and dedicated soldier, who served valiantly alongside her comrades to help build a better Afghanistan. The Government of Canada's dedication to this vital UN mandated, NATO led mission will not waver.

Trooper Blais gave her life while providing hope to Afghans for a brighter future. Her sacrifice will not be forgotten."

Trooper Blais was serving with the 2nd Battalion, Royal 22e Régiment Battle Group, based at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier.

Contact Information