Canada Congratulates Haitians on Their Independence Day

(No. 398 – December 31, 2009) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today offered the best wishes of the government and people of Canada to the Haitian people, and to Canadians of Haitian origin, as they mark Haiti’s Independence Day on January 1.

“As Haiti celebrates its independence, we are reminded of the progress the country has made, particularly in terms of security, and of the need for political stability to consolidate those gains,” said Minister Cannon. “Canada is committed to continuing to work closely with Haitians and the international community to translate the gains made on stability into sustainable economic development and job creation.

“In this context, Canada warmly welcomes the strong partnership that has developed between our two countries, as illustrated by the fruitful visit of Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive to Canada earlier this month and by the success of the second round of Canada-Haiti Expanded Consultations held December 15 in Ottawa. We look forward to continuing our collaboration in order to foster conditions for sustained progress in Haiti, in line with the country’s priorities.”

Haitians celebrate their Independence Day around the world, including in Canada, home to some 120,000 Canadians of Haitian origin.

For more information about Canada’s engagement in Haiti, please consult the websites Canada-Haiti Expanded Consultations and Haiti Task Force.

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