Sunday, January 17, 2010

Canada Takes On Leadership Role

Our PM and his government are not letting grass grow under their feet. One week from today, Monday January 25, in Montreal, Foreign Affairs Minister Lawrence Cannon will host an international meeting on rebuilding Haiti. (h/t) Globe and Mail
"Canada will host an emergency meeting in Montreal next Monday of countries that are leading the rescue effort in Haiti, as world leaders struggle to craft a longer-term plan for rebuilding the stricken nation.

Lawrence Cannon, Canada's Foreign Minister, hosted a teleconference yesterday afternoon that included U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner and their counterparts from several Latin American countries, along with Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive.

As a key player in Friends of Haiti, an informal group of governments and organizations that has been working to improve the situation in Haiti since the early 1990s, Canada is playing a major role in co-ordinating the global response.'

That along with all the other relief efforts Canada is doing from just hours after the earthquake occured, is in my mind impressive. That's leadership.

Let's not forget the folk in Haiti and keep doing everything we can. Keep them in your hearts and prayers. There is still a lot of suffering going on and we must continue to help.

BTW - This summit on Monday Jan. 25 is the same day as the Liberals are ordered back to work on the Hill. Stay tuned it'll be an interesting day.