Thomas Walkom: Canadian Aid to Haiti Goes Beyond Altruism

    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.

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    • Ma. Rizza Leonzon

      As a former staff writer, Rizza focused mainly on business coverage, including key donors such as the Asian Development Bank and AusAID.

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