Canada Urges Haiti’s Political Actors to Show Firm Commitment to Democracy

(No. 378 - November 29, 2010 - 5 p.m. ET) The Honourable Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, today issued the following statement concerning Haiti’s presidential and legislative elections, which were held November 28:

“After the events that took place yesterday in Haiti, maintaining political dialogue is more critical than ever to the country’s reconstruction and development efforts.

“It is essential that Haitian political actors fulfill their responsibilities and demonstrate a firm commitment to democratic principles, including respect for the integrity of the electoral process. This is particularly important given the severity of the many challenges the people of Haiti currently face.

“It is critical that reports of election irregularities be addressed in a calm, timely and transparent manner.

“We will continue to consult and work with our partners on the ground in Haiti, including the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti and the Organization of American States, to help Haiti address these important challenges.

“We stand with the people of Haiti as they rebuild their country.”

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