Posted: Sun Jan 06, 2013 11:12 am Post subject: Let no act of kindness go unpunished ...
Haiti Minister of Economy says "Canada is very bad"
On Friday, the Minister of the Economy and Finance, Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie, minimized the impact of Canadian aid in Haiti, saying "I do not have one gourde from the Canadian government in my budget," but the minister did take care to say that "Canada is very bad" for taking the decision to freeze new aid to Haiti.
Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie said she does not have Canadian government money "either as budget support or as projects funded by donations. Indeed, CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) supports some technical assistance for Haiti. But these assistances are provided by Canadian firms, no Haitian firm has," the Minister of the Economy and Finance insisted.
The minister believes Julian Fantino, the Canadian Minister of International Cooperation should not question the management and efficacy of the Haitian state in regards to its aid to the country. She said, Canadian "funds are not included in the Treasury or in the private sector. So if they believe that CIDA funds are poorly managed, it has nothing to do with the Haitian State. They should initiate their own audit firms at home, for those working in Haiti", she said Friday morning on Radio Magik 9.
Regarding the travel warnings issued by the Canada, Marie Carmelle Jean-Marie said it was "very bad from a country, friend that says it wants to help. Efforts are being made, for example the opening of the Oasis Hotel, the Best Western in the near future and it is now that Canada advises its nationals not to visit Haiti. It's as if every time you leave the water, they sink our head, preventing us from breathing..."
Well, at least one Canadian can recognize when we're being chumped off ... I guess the rest don't have the balls to complain ... they just pull their forelock, and go "tut tut" at Don Cherry.
Don Cherry took to Twitter on Monday to air his objections over the millions in aid money that Canada sends to Haiti.
A series of tweets posted on the outspoken hockey commentator's Twitter feed questioned why Ottawa has sent tens of millions of dollars in aid to the earthquake-battered Caribbean nation.
"You know, I am one of those guys, like most people in Canada, we like to help the countries all over the world. But sometimes it makes you wonder," read a couple of the tweets under his Twitter handle of @CoachsCornerCBC.
"Maybe it's just me. But Canada gave Haiti 49.5 million dollars last year. Are we nuts?"
A report on the website for the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) says Canada sent nearly $49.5 million to Haiti in 2010-2011.
Cherry asked why Ottawa would send so much cash to Haiti when the health-care system in Canada is stretched to its limits.
"We've got a guy dying in Toronto waiting 3 hours for an ambulance," the controversial star of Hockey Night in Canada tweeted to his nearly 118,000 followers.
"We got people waiting 7, 8, 10 hours, if they're lucky, in a waiting room with one doctor for a zillion people.
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