MacKay visits Canadian Soldiers in Afghanistan on Christmas

Defence Minister Peter MacKay along with Liberal Leader Bob Rae and General Walt Natynczyk, Chief of Defence staff paid a visit to the Canadian soldiers serving in Afghanistan on the festive occasion of Christmas.

Gen. David Johnston said: “It was a privilege to extend my heartfelt gratitude and support to the Canadian men and women in uniform, and the many diplomats, aid specialists and police officers deployed abroad, who are committed to making parts of the world a safer and better place.

“The sacrifice of troops and civilians who are away from their families and friends at this time of the year is tremendous and I wish them the best of luck in the completion of their missions.”

An annual trip to Afghanistan is almost like a tradition for MacKay. About 950 Canadians are still training local soldiers and police in Kabul.

”Canadian Forces members have worked tirelessly, at home and abroad, to save lives, provide security, and promote peace,” MacKay said in a statement.

“It has been a busy, challenging year. As we celebrate the holidays, we should also take time to think of those who are still deployed throughout the world,” he added.

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