My condolences and thanks to the family and friends of this brave young man. He has died to defend freedom. We are forever in his debt.
From the Prime Minister's Web Site (http://www.pm.gc.ca/)
Statement by the Prime Minister of Canada on the death of a Canadian Forces member in Afghanistan
December 19, 2010
Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian Forces member:
"It was with profound sadness that I learned of the loss of Corporal Steve Martin, who died after an improvised explosive device detonated while he was on patrol. On behalf of all Canadians, I would like to extend my deepest sympathies to his family and friends during this difficult time.
"Corporal Martin was a brave Canadian who made the ultimate sacrifice while proudly serving his country.
"Thanks to Canadian Forces members like him, we continue to make real progress in Afghanistan, rebuilding the country and contributing to the peace and security of its people.
"We will never forget Corporal Martin's bravery and his sacrifice to make life better for others."
KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN—A Canadian soldier is dead following a bomb blast in the vicinity of a major road construction project that NATO is pushing in a volatile district of Kandahar.
Cpl. Steve Martin, 24, a member of the 3rd Battalion Royal 22e Regiment, was killed by an improvised explosive device, or IED, while on foot patrol early Saturday afternoon, local time.
He died two days before his 25th birthday.
Martin belonged to Parachute Company of the 1st Battalion Royal 22e Regiment battle group, which deployed to the volatile Panjwaii district last month.
"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of the fallen soldier during this difficult time," said Brig.-Gen. Dean Milner, commander of Canadian troops in Afghanistan.
"We will not forget the sacrifice of this soldier as we continue to bring security and hope to the people of Kandahar province."