Province Marks Third Peacekeepers' Day
TORONTO, Aug. 9 /CNW/ - The sacrifice and work of Ontarians involved in
peacekeeping operations should be honoured each day and deserves our
admiration, Community Safety and Correctional Services Minister Monte Kwinter
"Canadian peacekeepers play an important global role in restoring order
to troubled societies," said Kwinter. "Peacekeeping can be a highly
unpredictable and dangerous undertaking and the men and women from Ontario and
elsewhere deployed overseas are ensuring a safer, stronger world," Kwinter
The federal government chose August 9 as Peacekeepers' Day in honour of
nine Canadian peacekeepers who died on that date in 1974, when their plane was
shot down over Syria. This incident marked Canada's worst ever, one-day loss
in peacekeeping operations.
The presence of international civilian police is a critical component of
the rebuilding process of war torn societies. Officers of the Ontario
Provincial Police (OPP) and municipal police services across the province
currently serve, or have served, with distinction on dangerous peacekeeping
assignments around the world.
More than 59 OPP officers have seen duty as peacekeepers since 1995, when
the service began participating in the United Nations civilian police (CIVPOL)
There is one OPP officer currently serving in Haiti on CIVPOL duties.
Three municipal police officers, all with the Durham Regional Police Service,
are serving in Haiti and Jordan, on CIVPOL missions.
"I am very proud of the significant contributions Ontario peacekeepers
have made and are making for a safer world. Our peacekeepers make a real and
significant difference in many countries, cultures and societies around the
globe," Kwinter added.
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For further information:
For further information: Annette Phillips, Minister's Office, (416)
326-8265, (647) 205-6598 (cellular); Anthony Brown, Communications Branch,