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20100216 TFHA01 Canadian PM in Haiti

20100216 TFHA01 Canadian PM in Haiti

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Published by KelownaLiberals
Wikileaks cable released April 29, 2011
Summarizes Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to Haiti including a paragraph regarding the impact of the PM's visit on polling for "leadership and competence" versus his opposition rivals, Michael Ignatieff and Jack Layton.
Wikileaks cable released April 29, 2011
Summarizes Prime Minister Stephen Harper's visit to Haiti including a paragraph regarding the impact of the PM's visit on polling for "leadership and competence" versus his opposition rivals, Michael Ignatieff and Jack Layton.

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Referenceid:
10OTTAWA172
Origin:
EmbassyOttawa
Time:
Tue,16Feb201017:41
Classification:
UNCLASSIFIED
Highlight:
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Operations] 
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[Haiti] 
CA
 
Cana 
 
SUBJECT: TFHA01: CANADIAREF: OTTAWA 158; OTTAWA¶1. (SBU) Summary: DurinMinister
Harper
pledgedtemporary buildings as aand underscored that Haipriority despite futurealready donated over C$1relief, of which at leaseligible for matching feleader since the earthqubecoming prime ministerpersonal role in directiresponse to the Haiti dihis already high poll nupolitical leaders. End sCANADIAN ASSISTANCE FOR¶2. (U) Prime Minister Safternoon of February 15and to assess the contridisaster relief. In thePreval and Prime Ministerequest from Bellerive,and construct hard-shellHaitian government deparwill begin when the Haitcalled the buildings "anreconstruction." The Boealso carried relief suppsupplies, and equipment.
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PM IN HAITI86g a two day visit to Haiti, CanadiC$12 million (US$11.4 million) tobase for key Haitian government dti would remain a long-term Canadibudgetary restraint. Individual Ca45 million ($138.3 million) for eat C$124 million ($118.3 million) wderal funds. The trip is the firstake and
Harper
's second to the couin ¶2006. The visit also highlightng the Canadian government's proacsaster (reftels), not incidentallymbers for competence and leadershiummary.THE LONG AS WELL AS SHORT TERMtephen
Harper
arrived in Port-au-Pto get a first-hand look at earthbution of Canadian Forces (CF) percapital, he met with Haitian Presir Max Bellerive. In response to aPM
Harper
pledged C$12 million totemporary buildings to provide atments for at least one year. Consian government confirms a location.important step toward recovery aning C-17 cargo plane on which thelies, including water filters, med
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 ¶3. (U) The C$12 million commitment will apparently come from a C$555million five year disbursement (2006-2011) that
Canada
had previouslyearmarked for Haitian development and reconstruction. In addition, PM
Harper
pledged that "
Canada
will continue to support the Haitiangovernment as it moves forward with its reconstruction and developmentagenda." He underscored that
Canada
's commitment will remain firm"even with the tighter fiscal situation we have in the years to come"and that "Haiti will be a priority." He added that "we don't intend toleave this time until the job is done."¶4. (U) On February 16, PM
Harper
travelled by helicopter to Jacmel(the birthplace of Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean) toinspect CF facilities, including a water purification project. Hecontinued to Leogane -- a major hub of Canadian relief activity --where he visited a CF field hospital. The trip to Haiti was the firstby a G20 leader since the earthquake and
Harper
's second as Canadianprime minister. He previously visited Haiti in August 2007 as part ofa Latin American tour.C$145 MILLION IN INDIVIDUAL DONATIONS¶5. (U) The Canadian government has pledged C$85 million ($81.1million) in emergency aid to Haiti and will match eligible charitabledonations of individual Canadians for earthquake relief andreconstruction between January 12 and February 12. As of February 11,Canadians had contributed C$145 million to 14 charities reportingdonations to the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), ofwhich at least C$124 million should be eligible for federal matchingfunds under the Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund. The final figure islikely to be higher (probably around C$130 million), as charities haveuntil February 26 to forward all donations made by the February 12deadline to CIDA. To be eligible for matching funds, donations had tobe: -- made between January 12 and February 12, 2010; -- monetary (upto C$100,000) ($95,400); -- from an individual Canadian (or from afundraising event raising money from individuals); and, -- to aregistered charity receiving donations for Haiti earthquake relief.Donations from corporations, provincial and local governments,businesses, partnerships, schools, incorporated or non-incorporatedentities, and unions are not eligible for matching funds.CONSULAR ASSISTANCE¶6. (U) According to the Department of Foreign Affairs andOTTAWA 00000172 002 OF 002International Trade (DFAIT), as of February 15 at 16:00 EST:

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