PM to travel to Haiti to assess aid and recovery efforts

Ottawa, Ontario
14 February 2010

Prime Minister Stephen Harper will travel to Haiti on February 15 and 16 to assess the humanitarian situation on the ground and discuss the process of rebuilding the country.

“Canadians quickly and generously opened their hearts and their wallets following the devastating earthquake,” said the Prime Minister.  “We are continuing to work with the Government of Haiti to deliver urgent humanitarian assistance.  At the same time, we now need to address the long-term challenges of reconstruction, based on the principles of sustainability, effectiveness and accountability.”

The Prime Minister will discuss with René Préval, President of Haiti, and Jean-Max Bellerive, Prime Minister of Haiti, the challenges of the relief effort and Haiti’s reconstruction priorities.  Prime Minister Harper will also meet a number of Canadians who are delivering humanitarian aid on the ground.

“I am deeply proud of the remarkable work being done by Canadians to help the Haitian people rebuild,” added the Prime Minister. “From providing water, shelter and medical attention to helping rebuild and promote security, they are making a real difference in people’s lives.”

Canada’s leadership role in Haiti reflects the long-standing deep ties between the two countries.  Approximately 100,000 Canadians have roots in Haiti and a large number of Canadian families have been personally affected by this disaster.