January 20th, 2014

Statement by Tom Mulcair on the death of Lieut.-Col. Stephane Beauchemin

Official Opposition Leader Tom Mulcair made the following statement regarding the death of Lieut.-Col. Stephane Beauchemin.

New Democrats join Canadians across the country in expressing our profound sadness at the death of Lieut.-Col. Stephane Beauchemin. We extend heartfelt condolences to his family and loved ones for their loss.

The number of Canadian Armed Forces personnel who have taken their own lives is deeply distressing. One death is one too many.

As members of our military corps, Canada’s sons and daughters go abroad in service of this country. It is our duty to take care of them when they return.

We again urge the Prime Minister to acknowledge and take immediate steps to address the suicide crisis; increase investment in mental health services for Canadian Forces members; and fast track the outstanding military suicide inquiries.

Canada must learn from these tragedies in order to prevent future ones.