Letters to Elected Officials in Canada

Canadian delegation to Haiti reports back

August 4, 2011--Three Canadians conducted a ten-day fact-finding and solidarity mission to Haiti from June 20 to 30. The delegation, organized by Haiti Solidarity BC, the Vancouver affiliate of the Canada Haiti Action Network, traveled throughout the earthquake zone, including Port-au-Prince, Leogane and Jacmel. Version française de ce rapportage ici. Read the full report here or in the attached pdf.

To: Members of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development, House of Commons
Re: Commentary on your meeting of October 18, 2011 concerning Haiti
November 15, 2011

This six-page letter is a commentary by two activists of the Canada Haiti Action Network. It expresses concern over the limited range of information on Haiti that the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development of the House of Commons received at its session of October 18, 2011 devoted to Haiti. It provides links for detailed reading on the situation in Haiti and makes suggestions for broadening the range of iinvited witnesses at future sessions of the Committee.
La version française de cette lettre est ci-dessous ainsi qu'ici.

To: Members of the Parliament and Senate of Canada
Subject: Concern about social and human rights situation in Haiti, and Canadian government policy in Haiti
November 17, 2011

This two page letter was written in order to provide some updated information to MPs and Senators, including references to further reading on the subject of Haiti. A printable version of the letter is included in this page.

La version francaise de cettre lettre est disponsible ici.

(Received by e-mail on January 5, 2012. Français ci-dessous. The following letter by Minister Baird was written in response to the August 4, 2011 report by the June 2011 Canadian Delegation to Haiti. The members of the delegation thank the minister for taking the time to write and they will reply to him in the near future.)

Mr. Roger Annis
Ms. Sandra Gessler
Ms. Rosena Joseph
Dear Mr. Annis, Ms. Gessler and Ms. Joseph:
Thank you for your email of September 16, 2011, and the attached report, co-addressed to my colleague the Honourable Diane Ablonczy, concerning Haiti. I am pleased to also respond on her behalf. I regret the delay in replying to you.
There have been some encouraging developments since you visited Haiti. The Government of Canada is pleased that the rule of law features among Haitian President Michel Martelly's four priorities for his mandate, and sees the recent nomination of a Prime Minister, as well as the nomination of a President to the Supreme Court, as encouraging steps toward a functioning government and an independent judicial branch.