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We have once again been hit with devastating news and cannot imagine a worse ending to the year -Michaëlle Jean

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OTTAWA—We have once again been hit with devastating news and cannot imagine a worse ending to the year, said Michaëlle Jean, Canada's Governor General, in a statement released on Dec. 30. 2009. Four of our Canadian soldiers and Michelle Lang, a journalist with the Calgary Herald, were killed when their armoured vehicle hit an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.



This new tragedy, like all those before it, is shocking. It reminds us of the underhanded, blind, daily violence facing our Canadian soldiers, journalists and humanitarian workers in Afghanistan, who are working alongside the local population already hard hit by decades of terror.

Our thoughts are with the families, the loved ones and the colleagues of the deceased. We also wish the injured a prompt recovery.


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