The names of the dead soldiers have now been released: Master Warrant Officer Mario Mercier and Master Cpl. Christian Duchesne
Check out CBC's site for video of an interview with a visibly shaken Patrice Roy.
Meanwhile, this headline: Government will fall if Afghan mission doesn't end in 2009, Bloc warns.
Bloc Québécois Leader Gilles Duceppe vowed Thursday — in the wake of the deaths of three Quebec-based soldiers this week — to bring down the Conservative government if it does not commit to a full troop withdrawal from Afghanistan in 2009.
He said if Prime Minister Stephen Harper does not soon notify NATO and participating countries of Canada's withdrawal plans, the Bloc will vote against the expected autumn throne speech with the hopes of bringing the government down.
Duceppe would need the Liberals to vote with his party in order to succeed.
During a Thursday press conference on climate change, Liberal Leader Stéphane Dion would not comment about banding with the Bloc.
"I am not here to make threats about that," he said. "I don't want to play politics on the back of the victims."
Duceppe called for an emergency debate on the Afghan mission when Parliament reconvenes on Sept. 17.
Dion, jockeying for position, added:
"Why does Mr. Duceppe want to wait until October? I'm asking the prime minister to notify NATO, the government of Afghanistan that the combat mission in Afghanistan will end in February 2009," Dion said. "Let's do it today. Why wait until October?"
Look, Stephane - you and Gilles need to get together, stop the egotistical bullshit, and come up with a plan to get Canadian troops out of there. Period. The sooner they come home, the better. If you guys actually had any cajones, you'd start calling for a troop withdrawal now - not in 2009. How many more soldiers will have to die while you wait this out? That's the bottom line.