Another Canadian soldier dead in apparent suicide

Another Canadian soldier has died in an apparent suicide. Gavin John/QMI Agency

Another Canadian soldier has died in an apparent suicide. Gavin John/QMI Agency

QMI AGENCY

, Last Updated: 9:05 PM ET

Another Canadian soldier has died in an apparent suicide.

The Department of National Defence (DND) confirmed late Wednesday the death of Warrant Officer Martin Mercier, who was based at the 5 Canadian Division Support Base (5 CDSB) Gagetown, N.B.

Mercier's body was found by police on Monday at his off-base home, in Fredericton, N.B., but the DND was unable to specify the date and time of his death. The RCMP is investigating.

Mercier joined the Canadian Forces in 1985 and served in Somalia, Rwanda and Afghanistan, a statement from the DND said.

The department did not explicitly state Mercier's death was suicide but provided the statement in response to an inquiry by QMI Agency.

The Canadian military has been rocked by a number of recent suicides. It is believed this latest death is the ninth suicide of a soldier since November.

The government has been under fire for what advocates say is its unsatisfactory handling of soldiers' mental health needs.


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