This week, Prime Minister Stephen Harper witnessed the effects of the devastating earthquake in Haiti first-hand as he visited the damaged country.
While in Haiti, Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada will support the construction of a Temporary Government Administrative Base for the Haitian Government in Port-au-Prince.
This action is in response to a formal request from Haiti for Canada’s help in establishing a secure area where key government officials can work together. Most government buildings in Port-au-Prince have collapsed or have been severely damaged. Establishing this government base will help Haitian officials and public servants organize more effectively and return to work.
Canada was one of the first countries on the ground after the earthquake. Since then we have been working around the clock to provide relief and do all that we can to help the Haitian people.
Countless Canadian volunteers and our own Canadians Forces remain on the ground in Haiti. To date they have helped to deliver food, bottled water, emergency supplies and medical equipment. In addition, more than 1,000 people have been evacuated from the damaged country thanks to their efforts.
Our Conservative Government is reminding Canadians that cash donations are the fastest, most efficient way to get help to people living in a disaster zone. Our efforts to match the $113 million in donations Canadians have made so far dollar for dollar, is additional help that we hope will make a difference in the lives of the Haitian people.
As Prime Minister Harper said, “The support that Canadians and the international community extended to Haiti is a testament to the compassion that unites humanity in the face of catastrophe.”
Updates on the situation in Haiti are available at: http://www.international.gc.ca/humanitarian-humanitaire/earthquake_seisme_haiti.aspx.