Canada’s ulterior motive in assisting Haiti has to do with the North American country’s strategic interest of pleasing the U.S. government, an expert says.
“If Washington wants something to happen in a nation just off its coastline, then so does Ottawa. And what Washington desperately desires is that Haiti stay quiet and manageable,” according to Thomas Walkom, a national affairs columnist at The Star.
Democracy and economic development in Haiti take a back seat, Walkom argues.
The columnist speculates that the U.S. is behind the exclusion of Haiti’s largest political party - former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s Fanmi Lavalas - from taking part in last year’s Haitian presidential polls. Canada, he says, went along with it.