Statement by Minister Baird on Resignation of Haitian Prime Minister

February 24, 2012 - Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird today issued the following statement on the resignation of Haiti’s Prime Minister Garry Conille:

“Canada deeply regrets the resignation of Prime Minister Garry Conille. Prime Minister Conille is a capable leader, a friend of Canada and a man who inspired a great deal of hope.

“The absence of a prime minister causes further instability at a time when the Haitian people face serious hardship in rebuilding their livelihoods and their country.

“Canada calls on President Michel Martelly and Haiti’s parliamentarians to fulfill their responsibilities to the Haitian people and act expeditiously to install a successor to Prime Minister Conille.

“Haitian leaders need to demonstrate a firm and unwavering commitment to democratic principles and the rule of law.”

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