Canada Welcomes Ratification of New Prime Minister in Haiti

May 4, 2012 - The Honourable Diane Ablonczy, Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs), today made the following statement welcoming the ratification of Laurent Lamothe as Haiti’s new prime minister:

“Canada extends its congratulations to Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe. The installation of a new government in Haiti will be a welcome step forward.

“Canada has been very concerned by the successive political crises that have diverted time and energy away from the Haitian people, whose urgent needs must be the key priority of the Haitian government.

“Canada encourages Prime Minister Lamothe and Haiti’s parliamentarians to work toward achieving concrete reforms so that the public interest is upheld, the rule of law prevails, human rights are protected and the economy is strengthened through local job creation and trade and investment.

“As a long-standing partner of Haiti, Canada supports concerted efforts to advance security, development and the rule of law.”

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John Babcock
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Office of the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs (Americas and Consular Affairs)
613-944-1291

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