Canadian soldier killed in Bulgaria, says chief of defence staff

Bombardier Patrick Labrie, a member of the 2nd Regiment, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery based at 4th Canadian Division Support Base Petawawa, Ont., has died as a result of his injuries during parachute training as part of Exercise SWIFT RESPONSE 19. (Source: Canadian Armed Forces)

A Canadian soldier has been killed in a parachuting accident in Bulgaria.

Gen. Jonathan Vance, Canada's chief of the defence staff, says Bombardier Patrick Labrie died while taking part in a training exercise.

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan's office confirmed the soldier's identity this morning.

Vance, who delivered the news before today's federal cabinet meeting in Ottawa, says next of kin have been notified.

He also promised an investigation into what happened.

In a statement, Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer offered condolences to the soldier's friends and family.