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Canada in Haiti, Part I (video)

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January 27, 2010

Canada in Haiti, Part I (video)

Demonstrators condemn US relief and reconstruction plans at Montreal conference

by Martin Lukacs

Haitian community activist Serge Buchereau outside the Haiti reconstruction conference in Montreal. Photo: Van Ferrier

On Monday, January 25, Montreal played host to a major international conference to discuss the continuing relief efforts in Haiti and lay the groundwork for reconstruction. In attendance were Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive, foreign ministers from Canada, the US, France, and Brazil, as well as representatives from international banks, relief organizations and the United Nations.

Outside the conference, community organizations and members of the Haitian diaspora in Canada questioned the US military role in the relief efforts. The demonstrators expressed skepticism that the international powers who have coordinated humanitarian efforts will respect Haitian sovereignty and interests during reconstruction.

With contributions from Malcolm Guy.

Edited and produced by Van Ferrier.

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Comments

Role of the military?

As a soldier, this absoluely sickens me. Questioning our role in providing aid? Next disaster, I hope the government keeps us at home and lets the people suffer! Show some respect!

Thanks Martin. Great work as

Thanks Martin. Great work as always.

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