Premier Jean Charest has announced $3 million in emergency financial assistance for the Haitian people, hard hit by the January 12 earthquake.
The amount will go to international cooperation organizations already involved in humanitarian operations in Haiti. It is in addition to the efforts already devoted by the Government of Québec to help Haiti by making police and medical personnel available for deployment and setting up a committee at Montréal-Trudeau Airport to welcome Canadian nationals as they arrive from the earthquake-stricken country.
Québec and Haiti are the two main francophone societies in the Americas, and Québec is home to a large Haitian community, concentrated in Montréal.
On January 25, Montréal will host a ministerial conference on Haiti, to be attended by Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive and the foreign ministers of members of the Group of Friends of Haiti, made up of 15 countries, including Canada, France, the United States and Brazil. Among other objectives, the January 25 meeting is aimed at beginning the planning process for a major conference on Haitian reconstruction, to be held in the spring.
Québec’s International Policy
Québec’s International Policy, released in 2006, singles out Haiti as a priority country for international solidarity efforts. Haiti is thus the first nation to benefit from the Québec International Development Program, designed to support efforts by international cooperation organizations deployed in partnership with communities in have-not countries. Québec also supports the development of Haitian governance.