Ottawa, ON – The Honourable Andrew Scheer, Leader of Canada’s Conservatives and of the Official Opposition, issued the following statement on the crash of a Canadian Forces Snowbirds aircraft near Kamloops, BC:

“On behalf of the entire Conservative caucus, I would like to express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds team member who died in today’s tragic crash.  We wish the injured member a speedy recovery and would like to thank emergency personnel in Kamloops.

“As we await more details from the Department of National Defence and Canadian Armed Forces officials, our thoughts and prayers are with the entire Snowbirds family and all British Columbians.

“The Snowbirds have been traveling across the country for the past few weeks lifting Canadians’ spirits as part of Operation Inspiration.  This is a tragic end to a tour that has brought much needed joy to so many.”