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e-3348 (Foreign affairs)

Initiated by Elaine Briere from Vancouver, British Columbia

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the House of Commons

  • The Ottawa Initiative on Haiti was a meeting held at the Government of Canada’s Meech Lake conference centre from January 31-February 1, 2003;
  • At this meeting, participants reportedly discussed the political situation in Haiti and the removal of Haiti’s elected president;
  • Participants included top officials from Canada, France, the United States, and the Organization of American States (OAS), but did not include any Haitian officials;
  • The Ottawa Initiative on Haiti has been linked to the formation of the Core Group, an alliance of foreign ambassadors in Haiti, including the Ambassadors of Canada, Brazil, France, Germany, Spain, the European Union, the United States, and Special Representatives of the United Nations Secretary-General and the OAS;
  • The Core Group is believed by many to have brought the Haitian governments of Michel Martelly and current president Jovenel Moïse to power;
  • Both Martelly and Moïse have been accused of corruption and repression, and many Haitians and rights experts fear that Moïse is currently returning the country to autocracy; and
  • Canada’s alleged political interference in Haiti must be investigated.
We, the undersigned, citizens and residents of Canada, call upon the House of Commons to
1. Order the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development to conduct a comprehensive study on Canada’s alleged political interference in Haiti, including the Ottawa Initiative on Haiti and its role in the creation of the Core Group; and
2. Order the publication of all documents related to the Ottawa Initiative on Haiti.
Open for signature
April 30, 2021, at 3:49 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
July 29, 2021, at 3:49 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Paul Manly
Green Party Caucus
British Columbia