FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following statement of condolence was issued today by Premier Blaine Higgs:

It is with deep sadness that I offer, on behalf of the provincial government and all New Brunswickers, our heartfelt condolences to the Ukrainian and Iranian people here in New Brunswick, across Canada and around the world following the Ukrainian Airline tragedy earlier this week.

The vigils that took place in our province last night serve as a reminder of the very personal connections that we have in our province to events that may occur half a world away. I know, particularly in our university community, where we have connections around the globe with students and academics, this has taken a very personal toll on many.

New Brunswickers are saddened by this tragic event. Our thoughts continue to be with the families and friends and all those affected.