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Canada’s Aid to Haiti in Context

Regan Boychuk writes in HaitiAnalysis.com:

A recently released report by the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) is chock-full of heartening language describing all the good Canadian aid allegedly achieved in Haiti during its holiday from democracy between the 2004 coup and its 2006 elections. One might be tempted to believe Canada is a benign do-gooder when it comes to Haiti. The missing context should dispel any such notions.

CIDA notes that its strategic approach to Haiti “was approved by the Minister in the summer of 2003” and was aimed, in part, to “support the emergence of a social consensus at all levels of society and support agents of change.” CIDA (which had been informed of and agreed with the holding of the 2003 Ottawa Initiative on Haiti) took its cue and labeled the Haitian government as a “difficult partner” in September 2003, suggesting aid should be directed through alternative channels. Internal documents show that CIDA almost exclusively funded organizations ideologically opposed to the overwhelmingly popular government of Jean Bertrand Aristide. In February 2004, the strategy bore fruit when Haiti’s democratically elected government was forced from power and replaced by a regime hand-picked by the United States and headed by a business consultant from Florida.

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