Associate Defence Minister Julian Fantino answers questions during a press conference in Ottawa. (CHRIS ROUSSAKIS/QMI Agency Files)
Two years after a massive earthquake hit Haiti, Canada continues to provide emergency humanitarian assistance to the country.
To get a better understanding of how our contributions are making a difference in the lives of Haitians, Minister of International Cooperation Julian Fantino left for the country Sunday on a three-day fact finding mission.
"Canada has played a key role in international efforts to support the people of Haiti to overcome the immense challenges they have faced such as the 2010 earthquake and more recently Hurricane Sandy," Fantino said in a press statement. "The Government of Canada and Canadians expect transparency and accountability from the government of Haiti given Canadians significant level of generosity. I will be expressing this expectation in my meetings with senior officials."
While in Haiti, Fantino will meet with president Michel Martelly, prime minister Laurent Lamothe and Foreign Affairs minister Pierre Richard Casimir. He will also visit development projects supported by Canada in Léogâne and Port-au-Prince, and will meet with representatives of Canadian companies in Haiti and other stakeholders.
"I will be discussing with Haitian leaders how they can work towards 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," he said.
Haiti is the highest beneficiary of Canadian development assistance in the Americas and the second highest in the world, after Afghanistan.