April 18, 2002
(Executive Council)


The following statement was issued today by Premier Roger Grimes. It was also read in the House of Assembly:

Tragedy in Afghanistan

I rise today on behalf of the people of Newfoundland and Labrador to pay tribute to the four Canadian soldiers serving with the 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group, who were killed in a training accident near Kandahar, Afghanistan. At this time, I would also like to send prayers to the individuals who sustained injuries in this accident. I express deep sympathy to the families of all those affected in this terrible event.

Over the years, thousands of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, and indeed many Canadians, have answered the call to serve their country and seek peace around the world. However, one can never be prepared for the kind of reality they faced in Afghanistan yesterday.

It is difficult to put into words the feelings of the people of our province and country on this sad occasion. We offer comfort to all those in need at this time. The valiant efforts of our military do not go unnoticed, especially in times like these.

For those who remain in Afghanistan today, we support you in your duty to protect justice in the world. Your ambition, talent and will to build a world of freedom and peace is admirable. Our thoughts are with you.

I would like to call on all honourable members to rise now for a minute of silence in respect of those who have lost their lives.

2002 04 18                          2:05 p.m.

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