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Canadian Troops-Dying for Freedom

It is another somber day in Kandahar as Canadian troops honor two more fallen soldiers. The number of Canadian KIA’s has now risen to 124 since the mission began in 2001. Cpl. Martin Joannette and Cpl. Pat Audet were killed Monday when their Griffon helicopter crashed during takeoff.

A British soldier was also killed and three other Canadian soldiers were injured in the crash. The Griffin helicopter has been a very welcome addition the the Canadian forces fighting in Afghanistan. Most of the deaths have been caused by IED’s, and transporting the troops in the air via the Griffin has greatly attributed to less casualties and reduced the risk for our troops.

The Taliban have claimed they shot down the chopper but Canadian Military officials are disputing this, saying the soldiers did not perish as a result of enemy fire. Whatever the cause, these brave men died while serving their Country and believed in what they were doing. Defense Minister Peter Makay issued a statement that Canada’s commitment to NATO and Afghanistan is just as strong as ever, and offered his condolences to their families.

Officials at CFB Valcartier say Audet, from Montreal,  joined the Canadian Forces in 1988 and served in the Middle East in 2002 before deploying to Kandahar in April. Cpl Joannette, from St-Calixte, Que., joined the military in December 2001 and served three tours in Afghanistan. Our soldiers are fighting for Afghan families, freedom, democracy, and the respect for human rights. This is the first time Canada has deployed an air wing in combat since the Korean war.

Concerns about the Griffons engines have been raised before, that it might not have the power to deal with the severe heat and sandy conditions. And since enemy action has been ruled out that only leaves mechanical failure, or human error. The investigation into the crash is ongoing and the results will be known soon.

The sacrifice of our soldiers should not be forgotten amidst the media hype surrounding celebrity deaths. And what they endure on a daily basis is more than most people realize. The heat, equipment weight, and obstacles they face every day is coupled with the danger of road side bombs, and an enemy who’s face is hard to identify at best. This could be in many ways, the toughest conflict our troops have ever had to face. But every day they do their duty, and every day I am proud of them, and proud to be a Canadian.


July 7, 2009, 7:46 PM - Posted by | All News


  1. You are so right…our soldiers should never take a back seat to anyone…Thanks for bringing me down to earth on this very sad day…not only for the jackson family and fans around the world..but for the soldiers who die for our freedom..their devotion and that of their families…especially for the ones who have been lost for whatever reason! Serving our country! A selfless, brave sacrifice! May all who fight for peace in our world have ever lasting life for their bravery and may the families of the deceased have their grief lifted in some small way each day they don’t have their son, their brother, their husband..THEIR DADDY!


    Comment by CeeA | July 7, 2009, 7:58 PM | Reply



    Comment by CeeA | July 7, 2009, 7:59 PM | Reply

  3. What an interesting article,I wish my father was still alive,he flew Black Hawks,he’d analyze this helicopter,It’s so sad,ALL these countries are fighting for freedom for a country that just dosen’t seem to care or respect life.


    Comment by terisa | July 7, 2009, 8:51 PM | Reply

  4. Please go on the National Defence site (Write to the Troops) and send an encouraging message. Especially anyone who wasted three hours on Michael Jackson’s memorial.


    Comment by Nicola Timmerman | July 8, 2009, 7:40 AM | Reply

    • oh Nicola…I don’t think we need to tie the two together…I don’t see why we can’t appreciate all we who we do!!!! I do not feel I wasted my time. I actually enjoyed it very much thank you!


      Comment by CeeA | July 8, 2009, 3:08 PM | Reply

      • you know what on second thought…OUR TROOPS/MJ…PUT THEM TOGETHER IN A POSITIVE WAY INSTEAD…



        Comment by CeeA | July 8, 2009, 3:16 PM | Reply

  5. Sean please keep us udated in developments with this story,if it was lack of training with the pilots,or faulty parts.Thank you


    Comment by terisa | July 8, 2009, 11:55 AM | Reply

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  7. Beast, will you update as to the investigation?if it was human error or mechanical failure?


    Comment by terisa | July 14, 2009, 12:47 PM | Reply

    • Yup when I hear something else will post it here.


      Comment by Beast | July 14, 2009, 2:56 PM | Reply

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