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Death of Sapper Brian Collier

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July 20, 2010 

Message from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Michaëlle Jean, Governor General and Commander-in-Chief of Canada, on the Death of Sapper Brian Collier 

OTTAWA—My husband, Jean-Daniel Lafond, and I have just learned of the death of Sapper Brian Collier, who was serving with the 1st Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment Battle Group, in Afghanistan. He was on foot patrol when he was killed by an improvised explosive device approximately 15 kilometres southwest of Kandahar. We are extremely saddened by this tragic news. 

Sapper Brian Collier answered the call of duty and went to defend the Afghan people, who legitimately aspire to peace, justice and prosperity. With immense courage, he gave his heart and soul, working alongside his comrades, other NATO soldiers and humanitarian workers. His total devotion will not be forgotten. 

Our hearts go out to Sapper Brian Collier’s family, loved ones and fellow soldiers. Our thoughts are with them, and on behalf of all Canadians, we would like to offer them our sincerest condolences.

Michaëlle Jean


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Marie-Ève Létourneau
Rideau Hall Press Office