Haiti aid money frozen because of lack of progress: Fantino

Jan 4, 2013 | Posted by: roboblogger | Full story: The Toronto Star

Julian Fantino, Canada's Minister of International Cooperation, takes a walking tour through Champ des Mars in Port-au-Prince November 27, 2012.

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lucien

Port-au-prince, Haiti

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#1
Jan 4, 2013
 
Se kounia gouvèneman sa pwal improvize tax nan bouda malere ak malerez
Fortunate1

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#2
Jan 5, 2013
 
Go to any major corporation in Canada and you will find project managers in place driving projects from conception to completion. Do you expect us to believe that you were funding projects with no oversight? Stop trying to fool people by blaming Haiti for failing to meet your objectives. If you were not spearheading your projects, who was? Duvalier? The cholera bearing UN? Who?
Fortunate1

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#3
Jan 5, 2013
 
The US donates $4 Billion per year to Israel. This is payment made by US politicians so the media moguls here in the US will keep them looking good in the headlines. The infrastructure of Israel still looks like crap. It was reported that Canada has donated $1 Billion to Haiti since 2006. Please give Haiti a chance to catch up to Israel, progress-wise.
well

Hamilton, Canada

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#4
Jan 5, 2013
 
Are you kidding. Haiti is a joke. Show me a black country that has advanced. Giving money to Haiti is waste of money.
Fortunate1

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#5
Jan 5, 2013
 
I happen to be a white man born and raised in the heartland. Are you so stupid to make this a black and white issue? Do you support the US leader, Obama? Perhaps saps like you would prefer to return to the incompetence of Bush, your white option. Perhaps we as first world nations should continue to fund other first world nations so they can continue to build their nuclear arsenal. We promised Haiti full support of they would adhere to the democratic process. They did.
Fortunate1

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#6
Jan 5, 2013
 
When they honor their part of the agreement we invent new excuses to renig on ours. This has been our appauling history. Ask the American Indians about the white man and our promises. We gave our word to Haiti and I am sickened by the double standard. If being white means that our objective should be to stick it to the brown, the yellow, and the red then what a cesspool existence. Count me out!
Fortunate1

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Jan 6, 2013
 
Obama said, "Haiti you will not be forgotten; we are with you." Mrs. Clinton echoed this message at least two dozen times. Canada pledged her full support. Then, they throw money at USAID, the Red Cross, and the UN. When these groups drop the ball they blame the Haitians for no progress. The next time we, in big oil, give a contract for capital projects to a contractor that does not meet their end of the bargain, we should blame the TOWN where the refinery is located.
stop being so selfish

Brooklyn, NY

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#8
Jan 14, 2013
 
haiti aid money frozen because of lack of progress bad news for those corrupt selfish greedy childish irresponsible worthless dictators so-called haitians leaders after more than two hundred years of 0 progress if this tragedy doesn't changed the haitian government nothing else will too bad for the citizens of haiti
Fortunate1

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#9
Jan 14, 2013
 
Yes, corruption of Haiti's leaders has contributed to its current situation. The main contributor has been France and the US. Your choice people, more Haitians flocking here to the US or giving them real help to make it on their own? The better things are there, the fewer will take the boat ride here. If we can throw Aristide out, we can help them grow plantains, rice, and beans. Or is this above our abilities?
stop being so selfish

Brooklyn, NY

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#10
Jan 15, 2013
 
after more than two hundred years and billions of dollars from the international community zero progress due to bad leadership corruption and decades of bloody coups a powerful earthquake two hurricanes to make matters worse a cholera outbreak and you people continue to fool around government must lead by example no one deserve respect you have to earned respect keep that in mind and I wish you people would stop making excuses and long stupid speeches after more than two hundred years and get something done for a changed have a nice day
Fortunate1

Bartlesville, OK

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#11
Jan 15, 2013
 
How about this, why don't you tell France to stop making excuses and pay the Haitians what they stole from them via the 1825 indemnity. Haiti was forced to pay this debt at 15% per annum interest + 50% discount on all import and export tax fees on French vessels. This is international extortion...What would you call it? The equivalent amount in today's dollars is around 30 Billion dollars. That's Billion! Imagine what Haiti could do today with this money. Some French Billionaires are even richer than this figure. Why the indemnity? France declared that Haiti's uprising and subsequent victory caused them to lose the indemnity amount in slave value. Why are you self righteous types not blowing your hornsin France's direction? Not black enough for you?
Fortunate1

Bartlesville, OK

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#12
Jan 15, 2013
 
If slavery was and is wrong...If one should not be allowed to unjustly profit from their crime...If the French Indemnity of 1825 was a criminal act based on its premise...Haiti should get its money back in today's dollars and in full. No Excuses!
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Brooklyn, NY

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#13
Jan 16, 2013
 
you mean to tell me after more than two hundred years zero progress and y'all continue to trust the so-called haitian officials with billions of the taxpayer's dollar are you people crazy after more than two hundred years nothing has changed don't you think it's time to change gear and stop wasting time and the taxpayer's dollar the so-called haitian officials cannot be trusted haiti has a long long long long history of corruption brutal dictatorship and bloody coups and us was part of the problem by collaborated with them for so long long long long knowing how corrupt selfish greedy irresponsible they are about have them create some projects any projects like sewage system sanitation infrastructure or clean water system and then funded the projects but don't hand billions of the taxpayer's dollar over to them the money will disappear as usual and end up in the hands of corrupt so-called haitian officials swiss bank account haitian officials behave like children so treat them like one I can't believe they would take advantage of these tragedy's they picked the wrong time to be corrupt with so many people specially children still rotted on the street sleeping in cardboards after more than three years that country need a mandatory clean up the cleanup should start with the so-called haitian officials first shame shame shame
Fortunate1

Bartlesville, OK

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#14
Jan 16, 2013
 
Corruption in Haiti, corrupt politicians, stolen funds, etc., etc., existed in Haiti; we agree! What we disagree on is your point of 200 years and zero progress. It is not 200 years because the French Indemnity of 1825 marked only the beginning of the extortion. Haiti completed payment of this monumental extortion in 1947, paid in full. In order to begin paying this money, Boyer (then President of Haiti) imposed a system of ruralism that further eroded the opportunity for most Haitians to obtain basic schooling. Read your history. This spiralled into the problems Haiti has today. No money, high illiteracy, etc., etc. The US occupied Haiti from 1915 to 1934 building sub-standard roads and bridges in Haiti, all paid with Haiti's own funds. The Americans used to joke that they could use the Bank of Haiti like it was their own piggy bank. Make $5 for every $1 spent. Read your history.
Fortunate1

Bartlesville, OK

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Jan 16, 2013
 
The question is this? If someone stole your money (a bank teller for instance) would you want it back? Would you demand it back? If you were not able to pay the tuition at your child's university because your money was stolen, would that not change things for your family...for the worst? You make it sound as if the richeses country became the poorest without the direct intervention of crooks - France and the US! If you are that ignorant, I have a bridge to nowhere that I'd like to sell ya.
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Brooklyn, NY

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#16
Jan 17, 2013
 
$7.5 billion has been disbursed for god sake at least get those folks a decent tent I wonder if those so-called greedy selfish corrupt haitian officials have children of their own you wouldn't want your children to sleep in the cardboads on the street for three years would you then stop being so selfish life is too short to be selfish how many corrupt selfish greedy haitian officials were killed when the earthquake strike three years ago does that ring the bell?think about it but don't take more than two hundred years to think about. have a nice day
Fortunate1

Bartlesville, OK

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#17
Jan 17, 2013
 
I think the number is closer to $4 Billion. You must also realize that most of the funds quoted are based on value of donations and not actual dollars handed to the Haitian Gov. For Example, if Japan sends 100 men with supplies to hand out water, they will say that they contributed $250,000 towards relief efforts. They did not hand Haiti $250,000 but the cost of sending 100 men, housing them, feeding them, their gear, 4000 cases of water (for example) for 1 week = $250,000. This figure is added to the relief donations bottom line in $ value. Not in actual dollars donated.
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Brooklyn, NY

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#18
Jan 18, 2013
 
I'm sure canada want to continue to support haiti but they just want to see some result for a changed after more than two hundred years and zero progress who could blame them especially after these tragedy's corrupt selfish greedy haitian officials have determined to keep the country in the same shilhole for the next two hundred years if the haitian officials really care about the country and it citizens the entire country not just their neighborhood they would do the right thing first get rid of corruption once and for all to improve the entire country and the lives of it citizens after more than two hundred years it's time to change gear it's now or never the whole world is watching specially the donors two hundred years is long enough have a nice day everybody and be safe and help the citizens of haiti help themselves for a changed
Fortunate1

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#19
Jan 18, 2013
 
I agree that Haiti would be better off with less corruption but with Martelly at the helm great improvements are taking place and corruption is at an all time low. I am just surprised that you have not commented on the culpability of the countries that put Haiti in this condition in the first place. Do you feel that they should not be held accountable for putting Haiti in this condition in the first place? Would like to know your views on this.

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