Department of National Defence

Department of National Defence

June 26, 2011 12:40 ET

Statement by the Minister of National Defence on the Death of Master Corporal Francis Roy

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 26, 2011) - The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan:

"On behalf of the Defence family and our brave men and women in uniform, I extend my deepest sympathies to the family, friends and comrades of Master Corporal Francis Roy, who died yesterday in Afghanistan.

Canada and the Canadian Forces continue to serve and sacrifice in support of the UN-mandated, NATO-led mission to Afghanistan. Canadian Forces members, such as MCpl Roy, have made an invaluable contribution to stabilizing and developing that country. Canada's combat mission in Afghanistan is winding down, but the Canadian Forces remain committed to training the Afghan National Security Forces so that Afghans, themselves, can provide the security needed to build a better and brighter future for Afghans.

Afghanistan will once again flourish and stand on its own, thanks to the efforts of Canadian Forces members, like MCpl Roy. Canada will remain forever grateful for his service to our country and to the people of Afghanistan."

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