By Mark Philips, Toronto Star, August 7, 2015
The following commentary was first published in the Toronto Star print edition of August 7, 2015. This version has been slightly revised by the author. The Toronto Star is Canada's largest circulation print daily newspaper.
Since 2006, Canada has been one of the largest donors to Haitian elections. But insiders and policy analysts have revealed that in recent years, Canada, along with the United States and France, see their funding not so much as a donation but a purchase.
Electoral Council Director Pierre-Louis Opont, for example, has effectively stated that Michel Martelly should not be Haiti’s current president. With Haitians scheduled to cast a ballot for most every elected official in the country this year, Opont is wise to try to avoid a repeat of the last presidential ballot.