Premier Jean Charest, accompanied by Minister of International Relations Pierre Arcand, met with the Prime Minister of Haiti, Jean-Max Bellerive, on January 24.
Premier Charest took the opportunity to offer his condolences to the Haitian Prime Minister and assure him of the Québec nation’s solidarity with the people of Haiti in these difficult times. He also expressed Québec’s desire to support Haiti in the rebuilding process that will soon get under way.
“Beyond sharing a common language, geographical proximity and the large Haitian community on Québec soil, Haiti has always been a partner for Québec in the area of international solidarity. Since 1997, the Government of Québec has supported over a hundred projects, in addition to providing emergency assistance following natural disasters. The Québec nation has always supported the people of Haiti, and we will continue to do so during the upcoming reconstruction,” said the Premier.
Premier Charest told Prime Minister Bellerive that his government is working to identify tangible ways to support the rebuilding of Haiti, and said that he will pay attention to the needs expressed by the Haitian government. In his words, “In addition to international assistance, Québec takes part in Haitian development by transferring knowledge and expertise. We do this through a project to support and bolster public policy called PARGEP, and by sending police officers from various police forces to work with MINUSTAH [United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti]. Hydro-Québec has also been working with Électricité d’Haïti for several years to upgrade EDH’s management and action capabilities.”
In closing, the Premier of Québec expressed his support and sympathy for families in Québec and Haiti who have lost loved ones or are waiting for news in the wake of the terrible tragedy.
Haitian earthquake – Government of Québec
Relations between Québec and Haiti