Canada must take blame for Haiti’s predicament

To the editor:

To the editor:

I was deeply saddened by the smug attitude of your recent editorial (A Pause for Thought, Jan. 19 Capital News) on Haiti. “From Haiti’s cholera-ridden streets, we in Canada should have a new appreciation for what we have, especially for the basics of food, water, shelter and well run government.”

Leaving aside the fairy tale of “we” in Canada all having the basics, what about that last part: “well run government”? Our well run government helped kick out the democratically elected president of Haiti; our well run government paid out over a million bucks recently to finance a phony election where the major party was excluded; our well- run government prioritizes training more police and building more prisons while people live in tents.

Unfortunately the list of Canada’s crimes in Haiti is too long for a letter to the editor. And who brought the cholera to Haiti?

Let’s get the facts on how Haiti got where it is today.

In addition to the excellent website canadahaitiaction.ca, it happens that two Canadians who are very knowledgeable on Haiti are coming soon to Kelowna. Yves Engler, author of Canada in Haiti, will be speaking Monday, Jan. 31, at Okanagan College, room H-115, 7 p.m.

Roger Annis from Canada Haiti Action will speak Feb. 5.

Though the self-satisfied ignorance of your editorial is very unbecoming, one thing you did get right: “The Haitian people haven’t given up on their nation.” They need the help that was pledged to them (90 per cent of which has yet to arrive) and to be able to run their own country.

Mark Haley,

Kelowna

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