Three Canadian soldiers lose their lives over the holidays


Gunner Jonathan Dion, Age: 27, Home Town:

Gatineau, Quebec, Unit: 5e Régiment d’artilleriae légère du Canada,

Valcartier, Quebec


Warrant Officer Hani Massouh, Age: 41, Unit: 2nd Battalion,

Royal 22e Régiment, Valcartier, Quebec



Caporal Éric Labbé, Age: 31, Unit: 2nd Battalion,

Royal 22e Régiment, Valcartier, Quebec


The Valcartier Garrison lost three soldiers during the holidays, two of them since the beginning of 2008.

Gunner Jonathan Dion, 27, was killed on Sunday, December 30 when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb west of Kandahar City. Dion served with the 5e Régiment d’artillerie légère du Canada. Four other soldiers were injured in the incident.

A week later, two more soldiers perished when their LAV-III vehicle overturned on Sunday, January 6.

Warrant Officer Hani Massouh, 41, and Corporal Éric Labbé, 31, both of the 2e battaillon du 22e Régiment du Canada, lost their lives on the way back to base.

In all, Canada has lost 76 soldiers and one diplomat to the mission in Afghanistan since 2002.