Statement by the Prime Minister on the passing of Private Robert Costall
March 29, 2006
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today issued the following statement on the passing of Private Robert Costall:
“It is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Private Robert Costall, killed in a firefight in Afghanistan.
“Private Costall died while participating in our mission to bring democracy and stability to the war torn country of Afghanistan. His sacrifice, for which we are deeply grateful, will be remembered.
“On behalf of the people of Canada and our government, I extend our deepest condolences to the family, friends, and co-workers of Private Costall. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.
“Our UN-mandated mission in Afghanistan is not without risk and we are so very proud of our brave men and women who daily face these dangers while carrying out their duties. They represent the best of our country and I am proud to honour them.”
My condolences to Private Costall’s family and my gratitude for the courage of a fallen ally. My thanks to Prime Minister Harper for his steadfastness.