Mr. Speaker, it is difficult for words to describe the shock and horror Canadians felt upon hearing that six armed forces personnel died when the Labrador helicopter they were flying in crashed Friday in Quebec's Gaspé region.
The memory of that terrible incident tears at our hearts. It makes us ask why over and over again and finally leaves us with a deep feeling of sadness. It also gives us a great urge to reach out to the families and friends of the fallen in the hope that somehow, in some small way, we can share in their inconsolable grief and irreplaceable loss. We cannot say that we understand the pain that is theirs, but in our own way we do grieve with them.
To the spouses, parents, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, friends, the armed forces personnel at CFB Greenwood and all those who supported these brave fallen crewmen who gave of their time, energy and their very selves in serving our country, our thoughts, our prayers and our deepest sympathies are with you all.