Canada’s war in Afghanistan far from a ’lost cause,’ says governor general

Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean has wrapped up a two-day whirlwind tour of Afghanistan, where she’s encouraging Canadian soldiers to stay the course in helping better the lives of the Afghan people.

Governor General Michaelle Jean visits the war memorial in the Canadian compound at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan

Governor General Michaelle Jean visits the war memorial in the Canadian compound at Kandahar Airfield in Afghanistan

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan — Gov. Gen. Michaelle Jean has wrapped up a two-day whirlwind tour of Afghanistan, where she’s encouraging Canadian soldiers to stay the course in helping better the lives of the Afghan people.

Jean, honorary commander-in-chief of the Canadian Forces, says she’s saddened that there is any debate at all over whether Canada should be helping the country’s less fortunate.

She says the suggestion it’s a “lost cause” hurts her deeply.

Jean was moved to tears on a number of occasions, most notably when visiting the war memorial at Kandahar Airfield and when she talked to a nine-year-old Afghan girl who lost a leg in a bomb blast.

During her visit, which was kept secret for security reasons, she told soldiers the good work they are doing in Afghanistan would not be forgotten.

The governor-general says it’s important that Canadians understand the value of the work both the military and civilians are doing.