Debates of the Senate
Hon. Pamela Wallin: Honourable senators, in the last few days we have lost four young Canadian heroes: Warrant Officer Brown, Corporal Fortin, Corporal O'Quinn, and Trooper Marc Diab, who tomorrow will travel along the Highway of Heroes - all victims of the deadly IEDs. Four more families have holes in their hearts. Their loss is profound. Canada, too, has lost; we have lost the potential of these already extraordinary citizens, the achievements that will never be realized and the lives not fully lived. We are so grateful for their courage and bravery, their defence of the ideals we uphold and their willingness to help those so desperately in need a world away.
There will be no defining moment and no victory day parade. The Prime Minister soberly observed that you never completely defeat an insurgency, but we must help the Afghans in trying to do that, and help to ready them for what will be a long battle for a better way of life. They need water, food, schools, the capacity to govern and to offer security to their own, and legitimacy. We are making these things not just a distant goal but a real possibility. Our successful exit strategy, which is as close as we will get to a win, is to have created some sense of stability, security and hope.
We can truly honour our fallen heroes with our commitment and belief that their lives made a difference and that their mission mattered. To those who have shouldered the burden, to their
The Americans are sending in reinforcements, and we hope that other allies will stand up as well. In Canada, there are new military support centres to better equip our troops, and special