Statement By Prime Minister Stephen Harper on the Death of Trooper Michael Yuki Hayakaze
March 02, 2021
OTTAWA - Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued the following statement today on the death of a Canadian soldier in Afghanistan:

"I would like to offer my most sincere condolences to the family and friends of Trooper Michael Yuki Hayakaze, who died today in Kandahar Province in the line of duty.  His sacrifice will long be remembered.

"The people of Canada will remember that Trooper Hayakaze’s sacrifice was not in vain; that he laid
down his life for the safety of citizens in both Canada and Afghanistan.

The brave men and women of the Canadian Forces who represent us in Afghanistan are a source of pride for all Canadians.  Their commitment and dedication to this mission continues to inspire the nation. 

The Government of Canada recognizes the difficult work being done by the Canadian Forces in Afghanistan to make the world a safer place and to protect and promote Canadian interests and values on the global stage. The country is indebted to these brave men and women for their continued efforts and sacrifice.”

Trooper Michael Yuki Hayakaze was a member of Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians), based out of Edmonton, Alberta.

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