Montreal – January 17, 2013. Liberal Senator Céline Hervieux-Payette and NDP MP Paulina Ayala met with representatives of the Haitian community on Monday, January 15, 2013 to hear their testimonies and to voice support from the majority of Canadians regarding the reconstruction of their country.
In March 2012, the two parliamentarians, as well as Liberal MP Joyce Murray, took part in a Canadian delegation, which spent a week in Port-au Prince, and met with the President of Haiti, Haitian parliamentarians, non-governmental organizations, the Canada-Haiti Chamber of Commerce, along with representatives of the police, the Canadian Embassy, the Canadian International Development Agency, and the United Nations. They also visited many sites undergoing reconstruction and development projects.
“We accomplished much more during our stay in Haiti than Minister Fantino did. It is not surprising, therefore, that our conclusions differ from his”, declared Senator Hervieux-Payette, who further highlighted the breakthrough of policies created to help women, security and re-lodging.