OTTAWA – September 30, 2018 – Today, the Honourable Ralph Goodale, Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, issued the following statement on the occasion of the Canadian Police and Peace Officers’ 41st Annual Memorial Service:
“Today, flags on federal buildings across the country are flying at half-mast in honour of the hundreds of women and men whose names are engraved on the Honour Roll tablets on Parliament Hill. On behalf of the Government of Canada and all Canadians, I pay tribute to the police and peace officers whose self-sacrifice and dedication to their noble professions contribute to helping keep us safe and safeguard our rights and freedoms.
Police and Peace Officers’ National Memorial Day is an opportunity for all of us to reflect on the vital role police and peace officers play in our society, and to honour those who have sacrificed their lives in carrying out their duties. It is also an opportunity to think of their families and loved ones, and to extend to them our thoughts and prayers.
This year, the names of six fallen officers were added to the national memorial: Constable Jacques Ostigny (Sûreté du Québec), Constable Francis Deschênes (RCMP, New Brunswick), Constable John Davidson (Abbotsford Police), Constable Ian D. Jordan (Victoria Police), and Constables Sara M. Burns and Robb Costello (Fredericton Police).
The work of police and peace officers commands our deepest admiration and gratitude.
I offer my sincere thanks to the National Memorial Committee, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police, the Canadian Police Association and the Canadian Peace Officers’ Memorial Association for their efforts in making this day possible. Thank you for bringing light to these heroes and making their stories known to all. They will not be forgotten.”