Minister Cannon to Visit Haiti

(No. 146 - April 30, 2010 - 10 a.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today announced that he will visit Haiti from May 5 to 7, 2010.

“Haiti is at a turning point in its history, and this trip will be an opportunity to reiterate to our Haitian partners that Canada will stand by Haiti as it recovers from the January 12 earthquake and works toward building a new Haiti,” said the Minister. “It will also allow me to witness first-hand Canada’s contributions at work.”

The Minister’s visit will highlight Canada’s engagement in Haiti and demonstrate Canada’s continued solidarity with the Haitian people.

Canada’s commitment to Haiti is a key element of Canada’s foreign policy and engagement in the Americas. At the March 31 donors’ conference in New York, Canada announced it would provide an additional $400 million in assistance to Haiti, making Haiti the recipient of the largest amount of Canadian international aid in the hemisphere.

While in Haiti, Minister Cannon will meet with President René Préval and Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive. Minister Cannon will also meet with partners from the international community, the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, members of the private sector, civil society representatives and Canadians working in Haiti.

Minister Cannon plans to visit Jacmel and Léogâne, where Canadian Forces were deployed after the earthquake and where Canada continues to play an important role in supporting the affected population. He will also visit the nearly completed Croix-des-Bouquets prison, a Canadian-funded initiative.

Canada promotes a whole-of-government approach in implementing its assistance program in Haiti. This approach involves the Canadian International Development Agency, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, Citizenship and Immigration Canada, the Department of National Defence, the Canadian Border Services Agency, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and other government departments and agencies.

For more information, please visit Canada’s response to the earthquake in Haiti.

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