Former defence minister Peter MacKay says he is troubled by reports of another veteran of the Afghanistan war taking his own life.
Defence officials have confirmed that military police are investigating the death of a soldier at CFB Valcartier in Quebec as the fourth apparent Canadian Forces suicide in a week.
MacKay, now minister of justice after years in the defence portfolio, says the news is heart-wrenching.
“It's absolutely heartbreaking and troubling in the extreme that anyone, soldiers in particular, find themselves in a position that they see no hope and take their own lives,” MacKay said Wednesday on his way into the weekly Conservative caucus meeting in Ottawa.
Veterans advocates say the number of suicides within the military in recent days may only hint at the magnitude of the problem. For every death by suicide, they warn, as many as 12 others may have unsuccessfully sought the same fate.
Defence officials confirmed this week that military police are investigating the death of a member of the Royal 22e Regiment at CFB Valcartier.
(The Canadian Press)