Saturday, July 22, 2006

Stephen Harper issues statement on 2 Canadian soldiers killed in Afghanistan

July 22, 2006Ottawa, OntarioPrime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the deaths of Corporal Francisco Gomez and Corporal Jason Patrick Warren:“On behalf of Canadians, I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of Corporal Gomez and Corporal Warren, who lost their lives today as a result of a suicide vehicle attack in Afghanistan. Today's tragic incident also injured eight other Canadian Forces members, who are currently receiving treatment.“Canadians will never forget the sacrifice these men made on behalf of our country. While deeply saddened by their loss, we are proud of the men and women of the Canadian Forces, who continue to stand on guard for Canadian values around the world, in spite of personal risks to their own safety.“We are confident in the ability of our Canadian Forces members and know that they have the skills they need to succeed. We honour their commitment and their sacrifice on behalf of our country.“The nation extends its deepest gratitude to Corporal Gomez and Corporal Warren and prays for the swift recovery of their injured comrades.”