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e-2448 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Turenne Joseph from Montreal, Quebec

Original language of petition: French

Petition to the House of Commons

  • On January 9, 2020, Radio-Canada’s flagship news program, “Enquête,” reported on the “Ottawa Initiative on Haiti,” held at the Meech Lake government complex on January 31 and February 1, 2003;
  • No Haitian official was apparently invited to the private meeting. Officials from the United States, France, Canada and the Organization of American States in attendance allegedly discussed replacing Haiti’s elected government, having the UN intervene and re-establishing the Haitian army, which corresponds to the events that unfolded 13 months later;
  • “Enquête” suggested that the “Ottawa Initiative on Haiti” led to the creation of the “Core Group,” an alliance of foreign ambassadors in Port-au-Prince that many Haitians believe to be the real power behind President Jovenel Moïse; and
  • Ten years after the earthquake, accountability is needed regarding the allegations of misuse of relief funds during the period that Haiti is said to have been effectively ruled by the “Core Group” that allegedly brought to power the governments of Martelly and Moïse, who have been accused of corruption and repression.
We, the undersigned, Citizens and residents of Quebec and Canada, call upon the House of Commons to:
1. Publish all documents relating to the “Ottawa Initiative on Haiti”; and
2. Hold a hearing of the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development to learn everything there is to know about the “Ottawa Initiative on Haiti,” including its link to the “Core Group.”

Response by the Minister of International Development

Signed by (Minister or Parliamentary Secretary): The Honourable Karina Gould

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Open for signature
February 28, 2020, at 1:27 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
March 29, 2020, at 1:27 p.m. (EDT)
Presented to the House of Commons
Mario Beaulieu (La Pointe-de-l'Île)
March 22, 2021 (Petition No. 432-00682)
Government response tabled
April 28, 2021
Photo - Mario Beaulieu
La Pointe-de-l'Île
Bloc Québécois Caucus