Canada — Corruption & Haïti
“All citizens have a duty to stand up and be counted” because “Canada is a nation adrift.”1
Corruption by the numbers
A Liberal MP since 22 April 1963 who displayed the political instincts of a junk-yard dog throughout his career, Jean Chrétien was first elected prime minister of Canada on October 25th 1993 (sworn-in on 4 November) and led three consecutive Liberal majority governments that were marred by some of the most appalling mismanagement ever observed. On his very first day in office, he rescinded the $4.8 billion contract approved by the previous Conservative administration to purchase 50 military EH-101 helicopters which cost taxpayers $478 million in cancellation fees.
This event is exceptionally notable because it demonstrates complete disregard for the safety of Canadian military personnel who risked their lives every time they boarded obsolete and unsafe 40 year-old Sea Kings that required at least 30 hours of maintenance for every hour of flight time. It also revealed the most insidious form of callous nepotism when Chrétien spent $100 million to purchase two new Challenger aircrafts for himself and his cabinet while the armed forces still had no replacement helicopters by the time he stepped down ten years later on 12 December 2003.
They were nowhere in sight by 2010:
Cyclone & Chinook helicopter procurement, an $11 billion debacle (2004-2010)
Bill C-68 which required gun owners to be licensed received Senate approval in 1995. The Chrétien government emphasized that the $119 million Canadian Firearms Program set-up expense would be offset by revenue generated from registration fees and therefore only cost Canadian taxpayers $2 million. Auditor General Sheila Fraser reported on December 3rd 2002 that unexplained expenditures for the registry were spiraling out of control and predicted overall spending would reach $1 billion by 2005.
Business Development Bank of Canada
Yvon Duhaime was the owner of a money-losing establishment in Shawinigan called Auberge Grand-Mère that he had bought in 1993 from a company partly owned by his friend Jean Chrétien. The prime minister phoned then-BDC president François Beaudoin twice between 1996 and 1997 and pressured him to give Duhaime a $615 000 loan. Funding was reluctantly approved by Beaudoin in August 1997 and the hotel proprietor also secured a $164 000 grant obtained from Human Resources Canada.
Chrétien still had a financial interest in the golf course located close by in his riding of Saint-Maurice until he finally sold the shares in 1999 — and opposition critics alleged that federal funds injected into the inn stood to enhance the value of his investment.
When Duhaime, who was behind in his payments to the bank and had not paid overdue municipal taxes requested an additional $200 000 from BDC in April 1999, Beaudoin not only refused but even suggested calling in the loan. Michel Vennat, President of the BDC board of directors and a close associate of the prime minister since the 1970’s, intervened but was unable to reverse Beaudoin’s position. He enlisted the support of Jean Carle, the bank’s corporate affairs Senior Vice-President and intermediary with the PMO (former director of cabinet operations for Chrétien).
François Beaudoin was forced out in September 1999, Vennat filed criminal complaints against him on behalf of the bank which spent $4.3 million in fees for lawyers, forensic accountants and investigators, Beaudoin’s residences were raided by the RCMP — but the maligned executive defended himself vigorously with steadfast legal representation from Douglas Mitchell.
In a blistering ruling rendered on 6 February 2004, Mr. Justice André Denis of Québec Superior Court denounced the BDC, Vennat (bank president at the time) and Carle for trying to discredit Beaudoin with false allegations of fraud. He accused them of mounting a campaign to “break and ruin” Beaudoin’s career which included illegal searches and unjustified claims that he misappropriated funds. Judge Denis ordered the BDC to reinstate Mr. Beaudoin’s $200 000 annual pension and the $250 000 severance package he was given upon leaving, saying several BDC witnesses (including Carle) had lied on the stand and that Beaudoin suffered “an unspeakable injustice.”
“Messieurs Vennat and Carle are personal friends of the prime minister and have every right to be. But the Auberge Grand-Mère case and media coverage surrounding it gave Mr. Beaudoin the impression that he was the victim of a vendetta,” Judge Denis wrote. “The ferocity, even nastiness with which he was treated throughout this whole affair would certainly allow him to think that way.” 6
Auditor General Sheila Fraser tendered a preliminary report on 8 May 2002 that exposed misuse and waste by the Department of Public Works in its management of a sponsorship program which had begun in 1997. She notified the RCMP and pursued her investigation. Jean Chrétien publicly responded by saying: “A few million dollars may have been stolen along the way, but how many millions of dollars have we saved because we assured the stability of Canada by keeping it united?”7 In effect, the prime minister of Canada led by example and condoned unlawful behavior.
Jean Chrétien’s successor, Paul Martin, was sworn in as prime minister of Canada on December 12th 2003. The scathing 10 February 2004 report tabled by Auditor General Sheila Fraser then detailed massive misappropriation of public funds by the Chrétien government (while Paul Martin was minister of finance) which broke “every rule in the book” in its $250 million allocation of sponsorship contracts: "I am deeply disturbed that such practices were allowed to happen in the first place," she soberly stated.
An Order in Council was issued on 19 February 2004 which defined the terms for a Commission of Inquiry into the Sponsorship Program and Mr. Justice John H. Gomery was named Commissioner. During the public hearings into the scandal that Judge Gomery called an “aberration” which “originated in the prime minister’s office” (Chrétien), the Commission learned that “non-observance of the rules was aggravated by reluctance on the part of politicians and senior bureaucrats to recognize their responsibilities and to be accountable for their actions.”
A Fact Finding Report was released on November 1st 2005, one month after the Liberal government of Paul Martin had begun a desperate attempt to discredit the Commission by issuing false statements that it had cost Canadian taxpayers 68.6 million dollars when in fact the sum was only $33.4 million ($20.4 million the first year, one million less than budgeted and $14 million for the second).
Department of Public Works spokesperson Renée David asserted on behalf of Minister Scott Brison that “the government was informing Canadians about the true amount that they would have to pay for the inquiry” — although she admitted the additional $32.9 million in “indirect costs” included expenses retrieved from the Treasury Board, Privy Council, Department of Public Works, numerous federal agencies, legal costs incurred by the interveners and political parties, translation, access of information monitoring and a War Room to contain the political damage — all of which she recognized was part of the federal operating budget and not “direct expenses” spent by the Commission. (Federal Court of Canada Judge Max Teitelbaum did rule on 26 June 2008 that John Gomery made “inappropriate comments” in media interviews and during the hearings, but these imprudent lapses didn’t taint the findings or absolve those who were implicated).8
The double standard
Investigating corrupt politicians requires the same painstaking forensic techniques as those used by law enforcement against organized crime — and the proof is most often discovered in concealed details.
Whereas the Liberal government of Paul Martin tried to deceive Canadian taxpayers and damage the reputation of Justice John Gomery by creating an inappropriate debate over “indirect costs” — the scrutiny by CPAC into unjustified use of Challenger jets for domestic travel by cabinet ministers uncovered how they keep two sets of books.
Treasury Board directives dictate that all travel within Canada should be done by commercial airline whenever possible — and when ministers use one of the four Challengers from the government fleet, they should avoid doing so alone. Nevertheless, use of this privileged form of transportation by big time operators Lucienne Robillard, Pierre Pettigrew, Stéphane Dion and Bill Graham cost $15.7 million during a five year period (January 2000-July 2005) whilst 725 hours of that flight time was unwarranted. Anne McLellan was documented enjoying return trips between Ottawa and her Alberta riding, each costing $16 000. Ralph Goodale did the same ($13 000) to Regina — and David Collenette sent for an empty Challenger from its base in Ottawa to pick him up in Vancouver ($22 828) instead of selecting one of the 16 daily commercial flights for which prices varied from $450 to $2 500.
Pierre Pettigrew and ride
Confronted with yet another example of excessive indifference for public finances, the government unveiled an entirely different accounting method (compared to the one used in the Gomery instance), whereby it was officially reported that Challenger use “only” cost $2 129 per hour — a figure that didn't even include fuel consumption. When fixed expenses or “indirect costs” were factored in such as pilot and crew salaries, maintenance and aircraft amortization, the invoice climbed to $11 000 per hour.9
Deceit — non disclosure and China
Governor General Adrienne Clarkson unveiled a new Canadian embassy in Berlin on April 29th 2005, four years after its initial completion date and 150% over budget. What had begun as a $39 million project ended up costing $180 million. It was built in partnership with the Hannover Leasing Group, a private German company that contributed $78 million in exchange for a 35 year operating contract to administer the complex before property rights revert to the government (also consisting of stylish apartments, commercial and retail space).
When national security concerns were raised and Liberal Defence Minister Bill Graham (previously at foreign affairs) was asked why the government chose this particular method for such a sensitive facility located on Leipziger Platz he answered: “I’m not familiar with the terms of the lease or exactly how that’s come about, but I can say that I certainly approved the idea that we should have an appropriate embassy.”
His cabinet colleague Pierre Stewart Pettigrew who was minister of foreign affairs wouldn’t even address the cost overruns when CTV News requested clarification: “We’ve got to be in Germany to look after our Canadian citizens, promote our interests and business as well.” He then condescendingly closed the interview with a “merci beaucoup” while walking away from the camera.10
Canada donated almost $1 billion to China over a ten year period (1995-2005). Many asked why the government would bestow foreign aid tax dollars in such generous fashion to this Asian giant that boasted:
Minister of International Cooperation Aileen Carroll rendered herself unavailable to comment and former Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) Asia-Pacific desk director Michael Juneau-Katsuya later reported that the Liberal government knew about the spying but was unwilling to upset the Chinese because of the size of their market.14
Auditor General Sheila Fraser released another report on 16 May 2006 which found that the Liberal government of Paul Martin hid more than $60 million of gun registry spending ($946 million in accrued costs), “misinformed” Parliament and left no written record of important decisions taken by officials. “We consider this a serious matter for Parliament’s attention, because the ability of the House of Commons to approve government spending is fundamental to Parliament’s control of the public purse.”
The long-gun registry had cost $2 billion by 2010 ($106 million a year) according to Canadian Taxpayers Federation estimates (RCMP figures claimed an $87 million yearly operating expense, $66.4 million for 2010-11). Gun owners had been required to possess an RCMP issued Firearms Acquisition Certificate (FAC) since 1991 and all purchases were already recorded, making this redundant database just another example of governmental boondoggles at its absolute finest.
“In the political arena, the very idea of strategic policy-making is drowning in the swirling search for momentary tactical advantage.”15
Prime Minister Paul Martin and Defence Minister David Pratt announced the deployment of 550 troops for a 90-day mission to restore stability in Haiti (5 March 2004) after President Jean-Bertrand Aristide fled the country (Operation Halo). The Canadian force included three infantry platoons with six CH-146 Griffon helicopters from 430 Squadron in Valcartier Qc. supported by members of the Royal Canadian Regiment’s 2nd Battalion India Company based at CFB Gagetown (NB) and a company group from the Royal Canadian Regiment when the mission was extended for another 90 days on 5 May 2004.
The last contingent of eighty-two soldiers from CFB Gagetown and Trenton Ontario who took part in that assignment where they were left “prodding and begging” for basic gear, landed at Fredericton (NB) on 16 August 2004. A handful of personnel remained behind with the heavy equipment that departed by ship for Saint John New Brunswick later that week (the 23 March 2004 Department of Finance budget provided $50 million to cover incremental costs for a three-month military commitment in Haiti).16
Portrait of a liar
14 October 2004
After a meeting in Paris with French President Jacques Chirac, Paul Martin insisted that Canada would not send troops to Iraq because there were limits to the military’s resources which were deployed in Haiti (Afghanistan and Africa) where they could make a difference.17
There were in fact only two members of the Canadian military in Haiti serving with the Security Guard Unit that protected 40 embassies and consulates around the world when the prime minister knowingly misled the media.18
28 October 2004
When asked if Canada would send troops to Iraq in the event Senator John Kerry (Democratic challenger) won the U.S. presidential election, Prime Minister Paul Martin offered his standard reply: “What I want is for Canada to be involved where we can have a significant influence or impact.” “We are involved in Haiti. And there is a limit to our resources.”19
3 November 2004
Reacting to the victory of George W. Bush over John Kerry, Prime Minister Paul Martin reiterated that Canada would not send troops to Iraq even if requested by the American president because Canadian soldiers were already engaged in several missions abroad, notably in Haiti and Afghanistan.20
5 December 2004
When Prime Minister Paul Martin appeared on Wolf Blitzer’s CNN Sunday program Late Edition and was pressed by the moderator about putting Canadian boots on the ground in Iraq, he responded defensively by saying: “Well, we are very, very heavily involved in Afghanistan. We’re increasing our troops going into Afghanistan. We’re in Haiti.” “Our troops are stretched very, very thin.”
Although the entire Canadian contingent had left the Caribbean island of Hispaniola in mid-August, Martin embellished the ruse by falsely alluding that additional troops would have to be sent when he added: “Haiti, there’s a major disarmament that’s going to have to go on. Troops are going to have to go back into there if that disarmament is going to take place.”
11 December 2004
The message invariably mutates to suit a particular audience – and Paul Martin very well knew that Canadian armed forces were no longer deployed in Haiti when he repeatedly furnished those disingenuous explanations as demonstrated by his address six days later to the well informed Haitian Diaspora at an International Conference in Montréal:
“In the first days of the crisis that beset Haiti early last March, Canada responded by sending a sizable (military) stabilization force for six months.”
“Since July, Canada has deployed more than 100 police officers in the multinational peacekeeping force.”21
Diametrically contrary to the previous commentaries, Martin officials said the prime minister “had no immediate plans to send additional soldiers to replace the 500 who completed their six-month United Nations mission rotation.” 22
When United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan advised U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on 25 June 2005 that a request for Canadian troops was being considered to bolster the Haiti mission where peacekeepers were beleaguered by increased violence, Canadian Ambassador to the UN Allan Rock told Associated Press: “Canada is not in a position to provide additional forces in Haiti at this moment.”23
The unreported lies had become policy thanks to a pool of government stenographers, more commonly known as mainstream media accomplices who haughtily boast exercising responsible journalism.
Corruption and foreign affairs
Canada had ratified the Organization of American States (OAS) Inter-American Convention against Corruption on 6 June 2000 and signed the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNCTOC) on 14 December 2000 when Liberal Prime Minister Paul Martin delivered an anti-corruption policy statement to the international community on 12 January 2004:“New threats to our security have emerged – terrorism, on the one hand, the growth of the drug trade, corruption and transnational crime on the other. All put the very foundations of democracy at risk.” 24
The United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNAC) was signed by Allan Rock on 21 May 2004 — while Pierre Pettigrew re-affirmed Canada’s commitment to tackle “money laundering and crime” problems including the need to address “political, economic and social challenges in order to foster credibility and public trust in democratic institutions” because corruption “was one of the key threats to democracy.” Sound democratic governance required “ensuring the transparency, accessibility and probity of our institutions, the efficiency and fairness of the judicial system, the credibility of the political system and the effective separation of the various powers of the state.”25
Aileen Carroll incorporated the corruption issue into foreign aid policy on 9 March 2005 by stating that good governance was a “prerequisite for aid effectiveness” whereby recipient countries needed to have “a strong civil service, good laws enforced by an independent judiciary, a respect for human rights and an aversion for corruption.”26
Paul Martin pledged that Canada would play a key role to “create institutions” in Haiti because successful reconstruction based on “rule of law” required an “efficient and honest judiciary.” Interim Haitian Prime Minister Gérard Latortue even admitted that “not a single court ruling had been published over the last 15 to 20 years” and “many judges are terribly frightened of reprisals.”27
The authenticity of these commitments would soon be put to the test in Haiti where good governance was a laughable concept meant to be discarded — and corruption topics had always been diligently suppressed by Canadian officials who never even uttered the term.28
Corruption in foreign affairs
In compliance with Department of Foreign Affairs ministerial provisions for plans and priorities (RPP 2004 – 2005, Treasury Board Secretariat), the estate of Colonel Roland Guy Godbout (Régiment de la Chaudière, European Theatre of Operations, Second World War) submitted a comprehensive legal brief on February 1st 2005 to Minister Pierre Pettigrew that covered:
The evidence presented testified eloquently to the scope of organized crime within Haiti’s oligarchy — a country that was ranked 154th and dead-last in TI’s 2004 Corruption Index (Berlin-based NGO funded by the Canadian International Development Agency).29
Intimidation techniques had been observed by the plaintiffs who were strongly advised by a former Haitian prosecutor against sending anyone to Port-au-Prince because they risked being assassinated.30
The protagonists and co-conspirators were all players within so-called Haitian elite circles:
Martin-Pierre Pelletier, Pierre Pettigrew’s Director of Parliamentary Affairs and Deputy Chief of Staff, favorably greeted the deposition on 2 February 2005 by advising the estate’s Canadian attorneys that it was on the minister’s desk — adding he would personally contact Ambassador Claude Boucher.
Astonishingly, Pelletier reversed his position in a letter dated March 1st 2005 which informed counsel that Foreign Affairs Canada would not assist or intercede as requested (a follow-up email had been sent to him on 17 February 2005). He did however offer to provide “a list of attorneys working in Haiti who would certainly be able to bring the case before the courts” — but never even bothered to fulfill this absurd proposal when asked to do so on 8 March 2005.
This pronouncement was soon compared to multiple similar events — together with the Aerostar Hotel situation in Moscow where Canadian owners had been illegally and forcibly evicted from the premises on 13 August 2004:
Furthermore, Haitian Deputy Justice Minister Philippe Vixamar (10 years with USAID, Latortue political appointee) corroborated that “the Canadian government played a key role” in their justice system and he had been assigned to the position by his employer CIDA (4th consecutive year with the agency) which paid the salaries of other “high-level government officials” such as Fernand Yvon, the Canadian advisor of Prime Minister Gérard Latortue. Vixamar remained on the payroll through the summer of 2005 and CIDA then delegated the posting to Dilia Lemaire.32
A Canada-Haiti study was therefore undertaken to identify the motives that precipitated Pierre Pettigrew’s vituperative political interference which unquestionably contravened Canadian government policy and countless published federal standards.
“Haiti’s justice system is characterized by incompetence, corruption among judges, outdated laws, costly procedural delays, lack of basic infrastructure, and civil institutions are incapable of assuming their responsibilities.”34
Attempts by CIDA to bolster democratic development by ensuring “security and respect for law and order” were viewed as a threat by government authorities, they yielded “flagrant lack of cooperation” to reform the public sector or improve all forms of governance — and “justice is not better served.”35
“International effort to import and establish justice with the rule of law has failed.”36
An urgent need is required “to create a justice system” in Haiti which “it has never had.”41
Paul Martin’s disreputable government was defeated in the 23 January 2006 general election by the Conservatives led by Stephen Harper — and the dethroned prime minister announced on February 1st 2006 that he would continue on as head of the Liberal Party until his successor was chosen but decided not to serve as Leader of the Opposition.Selected by the Liberal caucus to be their formation’s provisional House of Commons chief parliamentarian, Bill Graham who had declined to discuss vital Berlin embassy security concerns (by pleading ignorance) — and dispensed with the first Godbout estate complaint supplied on 24 March 2004 while he was minister of foreign affairs, validated the contention that his party remained the most corrupt institution in Canada when he criticized Prime Minister Harper’s government attitude vis-à-vis the media during an interview granted on 28 July 2006: “In a democracy, it is essential that what happens (within government) be known by the population. I believe that it is an absolute necessity.” 51
Former Liberal Minister of Public Works Scott Brison was compelled to meet RCMP officers on 18 January 2006 in the course of a criminal investigation into possible leaks of sensitive financial information because he had sent an e-mail to a Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) acquaintance on 22 November 2005 (one day before Finance Minister Ralph Goodale pronounced his long-awaited income-trust tax decision) in which he wrote: “I think you will be happier very soon… this week probably.”52
The scheming MP for Kings-Hants (Nova Scotia) and Liberal Party leadership candidate (beforehand responsible for orchestrating a smear campaign against the Gomery Commission), inadvertently reminded observers on 10 June 2006 that Canada had been abysmally governed with meaningless press releases during the Grits tenure when he defended his support to extend the Canadian military mission in Afghanistan:
“The headline in the New York Times the next day (if the Conservative motion had been defeated) would have been Canadian Parliament withdraws support for the Afghan mission.”
Referring to leadership as involving courage of convictions, untainted Liberal political newcomer Martha Hall Findlay thoroughly humiliated Brison when she replied:“We do not establish our foreign policy in this country, with all due respect, because we’re afraid of what the headline in the New York Times will be.” 53
Pierre Pettigrew lost his Papineau seat by 990 votes to Haitian-born and opportunistic Bloc Québécois MP Vivian Barbot who advocated dismantling Canada — the country that provided her with a genuine opportunity to build a better life.The ungrateful Barbot was a board member of the Conseil de la Souveraineté du Québec that published on 29 March 2006 a vulgar “pedagogical guide” titled Let’s talk about Sovereignty destined to indoctrinate children and disparage Canadian federalism in the education system from kindergarten to university. The loathsome 40 lesson-plan propaganda-rag promoted hostility towards Canada (featuring a youngster’s drawing illustrating the Canadian flag being torn in half) and asked elementary-school students to contemplate what could be better done with the $9.5 million annual contribution provided by Quebecers to maintain the Office of Governor General. Suggested answers included: “Building a dozen schools in Haiti.” 54
Former Haitian President René Préval who had overseen the affairs of a nation that was ranked 7th most corrupt worldwide by the time he completed his first mandate (fell to 3rd in 2003 and awarded first prize in 2004), was inducted for a second term on 14 May 2006 to watch over the failed State which again found itself listed last in the annual survey of global graft.55
Préval nominated Jacques-Édouard Alexis to be prime minister on 22 May 2006.
Named by the Liberal government of Canada as an accomplice with regards to crimes against humanity (Carrefour-Feuilles massacre of 11 civilians) while serving as Préval’s prime minister from 26 March 1999 to 7 February 2001, Haiti’s Senate ratified Alexis on Wednesday 24 May 2006, he was approved by the Deputies chamber on the 30th and sworn-in with his cabinet on 9 June 2006. Not surprisingly, the new government’s first order of business was to withdraw all criminal charges that had been brought against Aristide in Miami federal court (Nov. 2005) by the previous interim administration’s Justice Ministry.56
Whilst the destitute masses did re-elect Préval and as the saying goes, you get what you vote for, the third-world few will carry on exercising almost complete contempt for constitutional law — in luxury at home and abroad.Federal authorities in Ottawa overlooked the export of Haitian gangsterism onto Canadian soil — and did it with intent at the expense of honest taxpayers who regularly witnessed comparable ineptitude during endless waits for inadequate medical care.57
Using foreign aid to subsidize corrupt regimes that are experts at “gaming the system” will only provide the minority ruling-class with a “perverse incentive” to maintain ordinary citizens in a state of near-serfdom.58
The Conservative government of Prime Minister Stephen Harper endowed Haiti with another $520 million over five years on 25 July 2006.59
Canadian media persistently disregarded analytical data to deliberately disseminate an imaginary message that “Canada is making a difference in Haiti”60 such as when Governor General Michaëlle Jean61 attended the inauguration of René Préval which the Montreal Gazette called a “diplomatic exploit”62 while reporting the former journalist also vowed “to change the view Canadians have of Haiti, embarking on a grueling schedule of events made even more challenging by the heat, the humidity and Port-au-Prince’s traffic clogged roads.”63
Embellished praise amongst peers perhaps more deservingly bestowed upon the millions of Canadian snowbirds who intrepidly endure similar tropical climates on the links during their winter travel getaways!
Mrs. Jean’s undertaking would inevitably backfire because Canadian strategy encouraged the victimization of an entire society64 “by a relatively small class of armed criminals, thugs and people who are prepared to use violence for political ends”65 — while “many North Americans don’t even know that Haiti even exists (an overnight boat ride away from Miami or 90-minute flight)… and, one could argue, don’t care.” MINUSTAH (United Nations stabilization mission in Haiti) spokeswoman, Sophie Boutaud de la Combe, assessed on 10 March 2009: “The UNs stabilization efforts cannot be sustained if the economic and social situation does not change in Haiti.”66
A study was published on 2 September 2006 by the British medical journal The Lancet which estimated that 8 000 Haitians had been murdered and 35 000 women raped or sexually assaulted during a 22-month period following the ouster of President Aristide.Stipulating: “We have no conflicts of interest” — the survey said that 20% of all threats against civilians had been made by foreign soldiers (specifically Brazilian and Jordanian UN troops), and its conclusions implied that Aristide’s removal from office contributed to the dramatic increase in violence.67
The Montreal Gazette picked-up the story — and even though there was no mention whatsoever of any wrongdoing by Canadian peacekeepers in the report, a front-page article written by reporter Jeff Heinrich appeared in the 2 September 2006 Saturday edition that headlined with:
“Canadian troops and police with the United Nations in Haiti made death threats during house raids and made sexual threats against women while drunk and off-duty, according to Haitians interviewed as part of a meticulous human-rights survey by U.S. researchers in December 2005 published this week in the British medical journal The Lancet.”
The newspaper had contacted Athena Kolbe, the principal author who was depicted as “an expert on Haiti” and quoted her stating: “Canadians were definitely blamed for death threats and threats of physical and sexual violence.” Gloating that his exposé had made it on page one, Jeff Heinrich penned a follow-up piece on 7 September in which Department of National Defence spokesperson, Captain Mark Giles, verified that the Provost Marshal was conducting a review of the allegations — but suggested the incidents might not have been possible since Canadian personnel weren’t even deployed anywhere near the Port-au-Prince neighborhoods where residents were questioned by Kolbe.
Within a week it was ascertained that Jeff Heinrich had fabricated an entirely fictitious account by relying on nothing but unsubstantiated hearsay and innuendo. Athena Kolbe was in fact a longtime admirer of Aristide, an advocacy columnist who wrote under the pseudonym Lyn Duff, held “warm feelings” toward the corrupt leader — and knew him personally having been in his employ for 3 ½ years.
The Gazette did publish an editorial on 11 September 2006 admitting that the study “deserved to be trashed” — but called it “misdirected enthusiasm” without a hint of apology to readers or the dedicated Canadian men and women in uniform who were calculatingly vilified by unethical and inexcusable gutter tabloid sensationalism.
The Lancet’s executive editor, William Summerskill, and its editor, Richard Horton, conceded on February 1st 2007 that Athena Kolbe’s “undeclared conflict of interest” was an error — but defended the veracity of her survey’s “published data” after it had been independently audited by Wayne State University in Detroit.
A malevolent Jeff Heinrich used this opportunity, with the blessing of his daily, to write another defamatory article on 2 February 2007 in which he again repeated all the phony accusations — and insinuated that the investigation carried-out “briefly” by Canada’s military “in the wake of the bad publicity” was closed without any consequence because “the claims had been made anonymously.”
The Gazette had launched a promotional campaign on 18 August 2006 with the slogan ‘Words matter’ and Bernard Asselin (Vice-President Marketing) proudly bragged:“We use them to inform our readers of what’s happening on the world stage as well as in their own backyard.” 68
Apparently not and PBS correspondent Bill Moyers elucidated why:
News is what people want to keep hidden. Everything else is just publicity.69
Beau parleur, petit faiseur70
Since Prime Minister Stephen Harper promised to restore integrity in government and enhance Canada’s diminished international reputation if the Tories secured power, Foreign Affairs Minister Peter MacKay was advised on September 1st 2006 (as a courtesy) that Colonel Godbout’s estate legal briefs had been buried in the department’s bowels by his dishonorable predecessors Pierre Pettigrew and Bill Graham.
Setting aside unequivocal task definitions which outlined that ambassadors provide assistance to Canadian citizens — in tandem with the commercial sections who defend their interests — Ginette Martin (Haiti Division Director, Latin America and Caribbean Bureau) responded on behalf of her minister by letter received 5 October 2006 wherein she candidly confessed that the government did not acknowledge those obligations.
This rhetorical diatribe not only unmasked the reality that Canadians were left to fend for themselves because overseas financial security was conveniently ignored by lawmakers, the brazen Mme Martin also sang her own praises with a reminder that they were instead quite busy disbursing $520 million to corrupt Haitian apparatchiks — and recommended contacting underhanded attorney Jean-Frédéric Salès who had been explicitly identified as a participant in the swindle of Godbout land holdings!71
Ginette Martin had been responsible for the commercial and political sections of the Canadian embassy in Guatemala when indigenous communities were challenging the lack of consultations concerning mining operations on their territory — as required by law. In response to the blockade by local residents of a Glamis Gold truck en route to that Canadian company’s Marlin project, an army unit was deployed on 11 January 2005 resulting in one death (farmer Raul Castro Bocel) and twenty wounded.The Canadian government position after this episode was explained by Ginette Martin in a Radio-Canada broadcast on 13 February 2005: “It’s not only the company that we’re defending… we’re not only talking about a Canadian company (Glamis Gold), we’re talking about thousands of Canadians who invested in the Toronto stock exchange… We also have a duty to see that they don’t loose their investments.” Safeguarding Canadian value/assets was thus seemingly enforced if it didn’t presumably interfere with the lucrative activities of Haitian mobsters.72
The budget at Foreign Affairs Canada was undeniably staggering for a patently dysfunctional and useless apparatus. Departmental planned spending (2005-2006) totaled 10 billion 573 million dollars of which $8.787 billion covered personnel remuneration (encompassing the 5 000 member diplomatic work force that staffed 273 missions in 150 countries, dependent states and areas of special sovereignty – an $830 million yearly payout).73
“Aid agencies are rewarded for setting goals rather than reaching them, since goals are observable to the rich-country public while results are not.” 74
Auditor General Sheila Fraser had also warned Parliament on 23 November 2004 that CIDA did not meet many professional standards and failed to comply with the Treasury Board internal audit policy. The high-profile Senate Foreign Affairs Committee recommended disbanding the agency on 15 February 2007 because it had failed to make an aid difference — despite being allocated $3 billion annually (81% of employees were based in Ottawa). The report concluded that “effective use of international assistance” was difficult to envision “without good governance.75
Conservative Senator Hugh Segal, committee chair and former chief of staff to the Right Honorable Brian Mulroney, was in the aftermath summarily dismissed by his party leadership on 20 February 2007 for having authenticated the unspoken truth. In the meantime, 74% of all the cocaine seized at Montréal airports originated from Haiti.76
Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose77
In addition to bureaucratic gridlock, foolhardiness and inexcusable bungling (e.g., military helicopter procurement debacle), the Certified General Accountants Association of Canada released a study on 23 May 2007 reporting that ubiquitous institutional corruption had a “decidedly negative impact on productivity and competitiveness.” Investigating and indicting government officials contributed to growth loss which “could have been avoided through greater transparency and accountability.78
The Conservatives had expressed nothing less than outrage on 4 October 2005 when Liberal cabinet ministers were accused of using Defence Department Challenger jets for unnecessary flights (called “flying limousines” by Calgary Southeast MP Jason Kenney). They said the cost to operate them was $11 000 per hour but the Grits argued the rate was “only” $2 219.
That was an outright falsehood because military records obtained under the Access to Information Act confirmed the hourly expenditure for those aircrafts to be $10 669 in 2004. Although it decreased slightly to $9 147 in 2006 when Stephen Harper became prime minister, his government thereafter claimed the cost was $1 500!79
Government VIP Challenger jets cost taxpayers $12 531 for every hour of flight time in 2010-11 (accounting methods set-out by the auditor general in 1993/DND figures provided under federal Access to Information Program request):
Greg Weston, CBC News, 09-23-2011
André-Philippe Côté, Le Soleil (Québec), 11-07-2010
Terry Mosher (Aislin), Montreal Gazette, 11-29-2010
1 Executive Committee, Canadian Council of Chief Executives, Ottawa, 06-28-2005.
2 Le Syndrome de Pinocchio, André Pratte, Les Éditions du Boréal, Montréal, 1997, p. 84.
3 Chris Cobb, CanWest News Service, 10-17-2005; Elections Canada table (1867-2008).
4 Léger Marketing (Canadian representative of Gallup International), Profession Barometer, 03-19-2006; Dene Moore, Montreal Gazette, 03-20-2006; Claude Picher, La Presse, 03-22-2005; Léger Marketing statistics divulged that confidence level of Canadians towards politicians was 16% in 2005, 14% in 2004, 14% in 2003 and 18% in 2002; Elections Canada table: total population of 30,007,094 on 01-23-2006.
5 Steve Crabtree and Nicole Naurath, Gallup Poll News Service, 1 December 2006; Malorie Beauchemin, La Presse, 6 December 2006.
6 Décisions des tribunaux du Québec, Cour supérieure, Jugement (N° 500-05-061128-003).
7 La Presse, 02-22-2004.
8 Gilles Toupin, La Presse, 10-04-2005; William Marsden, Montreal Gazette, 06-27-2008.
9 Sara Champagne, La Presse, 10-04-2005.
10 Kathy Tomlinson, CTV News, 04-30-2005.
11 China’s economy grew by 10.7% in 2006, the highest rate increase for that country since 1995, Montreal Gazette, 01-26-2007.
12 China exploded its first atomic bomb at Lop Nor on 16 October 1964, launched a nuclear missile on 25 October 1966 and detonated a thermonuclear (hydrogen) device on 17 June 1967.
13 An obsolete 8-year-old 1.3 meter-wide Chinese weather beacon orbiting 865 kilometers above Earth was destroyed, Randy Boswell, CanWest News Service, 01-19 & 01-20-2007; Edward Cody, Washington Post Foreign Service, 01-24-2007.
14 CIDA, Statistical Report on Official Development Assistance, 1999-2004; Joël-Denis Bellavance, La Presse, 09-20-2005, 04-16-2006; Janice Tibbetts, CanWest News Service, 04-16-2006; Montreal Gazette, 05-01-2006; Laura-Julie Perreault, La Presse, 06-09-2007; 08-07-08: Former Liberal Justice Minister and then Opposition MP for Mount Royal, Irwin Cotler, used what he called the “Genocide” Olympic Games in China as a convenient public gallery for the day’s news cycle to endorse “linking trade with China to its record on human rights” — a stand unreservedly divergent to what his two-faced political party preached when it was in power and continued to do so as of 26 March 2008 when its foreign affairs critic Bob Rae reiterated that economic opportunities were being lost because “we have a (Conservative) government that has a very immature and very incomplete view of its relationship to China.” By using “domestic political concerns” as the basis for intervention led to a deterioration of bilateral relations with that country and “Canada will simply not be taken seriously, that’s a simple reality.” When Stephen Harper announced he would not attend the opening ceremonies in Beijing, Bob Rae again criticized him in an interview granted to the Toronto Globe and Mail on July 13th 2008 in which he said: “Canada has had a policy of constructive engagement with China for nearly 50 years. The Prime Minister has a responsibility to do the same.” After a speech delivered at the annual Canadian Bar Association meeting on August 18th 2008 in Québec City, former Liberal Prime Minister Jean Chrétien said Stephen Harper was wrong when he decided not to attend the Beijing opening ceremonies, that he wouldn’t have “hesitated a second” in going if he had still been prime minister, China had made a lot of progress in respecting human rights and added: “It is the second biggest economy in the world, in 50 years it will be the biggest.” Yet, Irwin Cotler stated: “If you go to the Olympic Games, then you have a duty to speak up with respect to those (human rights) violations. Silence implies acquiescence, if not consent.” Michelle Collins, Embassy Magazine, 03-26-2008 & 07-23-08; CTV, 07-14-08; UPI, 07-14-08; Elizabeth Thompson, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Bureau, 08-08-08; Jocelyne Richer, Associated Press, 08-18-08 (Canadian Press, 08-19-08); CIDA, 05-19-2009: China received $50.13 million in foreign aid during 2007-2008 and International Cooperation Minister Bev Oda (responsible for CIDA) refused to explain those handouts when asked by the CBC (The National with Peter Mansbridge, 12-02-2009).
15 Executive Committee, Canadian Council of Chief Executives, Ottawa, 06-28-2005.
16 Kevin Bisset, Canadian Press, 08-16-2004; Canadian Press, 10-18-2004; 2004 budget, pp. 190 & 192.
17 Canadian Press, 10-14-2004.
18 Jocelyn Coulon, La Presse, 10-20-2004.
19 Alexander Panetta, Ottawa, Canadian Press, 10-28-2004.
20 Joël-Denis Bellavance and Denis Lessard, Ottawa, La Presse, 11-04-2004.
21 Department of Foreign Affairs, Departmental Performance Report, 2004-2005 (period ending 31 March 2005), pp. 35 & 61, Promotion of human rights, good governance and the rule of law: “Canada made a significant contribution to the Multinational Interim Force in Haiti (March-August 2004) and the ongoing UN Stabilization Mission, which began in June 2004, including the deployment of 100 Canadian civilian police and the appointment of an RCMP officer (David Charles Beer, posting ended 08-19-2005) as the UN Police Commissioner (UN police spokesman Jean-François Vézina advised on 31 August 2005 that this MINUSTAH component called CIVPOL had been renamed UNPOL).” “Canada is making a major civilian police contribution to the UN Stabilization Mission and leads the civilian police force component of the UN Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). This follows on a significant contribution in August 2004 of 550 Canadian Forces personnel to the UN-mandated Multinational Interim Force, which began in March 2004 and remained in Haiti to facilitate the transition to MINUSTAH. Through its commitment to long-term engagement, Canada is contributing to the reinforcement of the democratic process, the restoration of peace and security and the improvement of the living conditions of the Haitian population.”
22 Sylvain Larocque, Canadian Press, Ottawa, 11-12-2004.
23 Nick Wadhams, Associated Press, 07-08-2005; Presse Canadienne, 07-09-2005.
24 Inauguration ceremony, Special Summit of the Americas, Monterrey, Mexico, 01-12-2004.
25 Plenary of the 35th regular session of the General Assembly of the Organization of American States, 06-05 & 06-2005, Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
26 Global Economic Governance Programme (University College, Oxford), Ottawa, 03-09-2005.
27 La Presse, 03-05-2004, 05-01-2004; International Conference with the Haitian Diaspora, Montreal, 12-11-2004; La Presse, 12-12-2004.
28 Denis Paradis, Secretary of State for Latin America, Africa and La Francophonie (Minister of State and member of the Queen’s Privy Council) is the only high-ranking Liberal government official to ever publicly condemn rampant corruption in Haiti and as a result was demoted by Paul Martin for doing so (see section 3 for accompanying analysis).
29 See the link Fraude & Corruption un examen chronologique (1999-2010) in section 10 (before exhibits) for comprehensive legal analysis; CIDA, Department of Justice Canada, 04-24-2003, Doug Breithaupt, Senior Counsel, report to the OAS, 2005.
30 Legal correspondence, 08-12-2004; La personnalité de la semaine (Anne Richer, La Presse et Radio-Canada, 08-27-2006), Bernard Duhaime (juriste, professeur et chercheur à l’Université du Québec à Montréal qui dirige la Clinique internationale de défense des droits humains de l’UQUAM) : « Former des défenseurs en Haïti, rencontrer des victimes, intervenir pour exiger que, après enquête, les coupables d’injustices soient jugés, que les sanctions soient appliquées, tout cela demande une grande rigueur professionnelle et aussi un énorme courage. ‘Ce sont des dossiers de patience et de prudence. On veut changer des situations, mais ça ne marche pas toujours du premier coup. Et puis aussi on a des partenaires dont la vie est souvent menacée.’ »
31 Montreal Gazette, 08-18-2004, 10-05-2004, 10-12-2004.
32 Haiti Human Rights Investigation, Thomas Griffin, Center for the Study of Human Rights, University of Miami School of Law, 11-21 November 2004, p. 24; Sue Montgomery, Montreal Gazette, 03-12-2005.
33 The Canadian Embassy in Haïti, 03-21-2003; CIDA, Performance Review Branch, 10-15-2003; CIDA, 03-09-2004; Foreign Affairs Canada, 2003 (updated: 03-24-2004).
34 CIDA, 08-17-1998.
35 CIDA, Performance Review Branch, Corporate Evaluation of Haiti Program (1994-2002), 05-2003.
36 United Nations Development Programme (Haiti), Outcome Evaluation, 08-29-2003, p. 20.
37 TQS, 02-29-2004; Geneviève Otis-Dionne, Le Devoir, 03-01-2004.
38 CIDA, 07-19-2004; Radio-Canada, 05-08-2004; Dow Jones, 05-11-2004; (US resident since 1988).
39 La Presse, 03-05-2004, 03-06-2004; Montreal Gazette, 03-06-2004; AFP, 03-17-2004; National Lawyers Guild, 04-11-2004.
40 Groupe Banque Mondiale, 01-06-2005; Nations Unies, 01-10-2005; Associated Press, 01-10-2005; Department of Foreign Affairs, Departmental Performance Report, 2004-2005 (period ending 31 March 2005), p. 61: “Canada undertook a leadership role in international efforts to re-establish security and stability in Haiti, and to assist in the longer-term reform and reconstruction efforts. In 2004, Canada quadrupled its aid to Haiti from $23 million to more than $90 million (as part of an 18-month commitment of $183 million) making it our largest aid recipient in the Americas, and making Canada the second-largest bilateral donor to Haiti.”
41 David Wimhurst, United Nations Stabililization Mission spokesman, Montreal Gazette, Ottawa Bureau, 05-15-2006; Dilia Lemaire was moved to the ministère à la condition féminine in 2006.
42 Meagan Fitzpatrick and Mike De Souza, CanWest News Service, 06-18-2008.
43 Sean Gordon, CanWest News Service, 11-15-2004; Silvia Galipeau, La Presse (Plus), 06-23-2007.
44 See section 5 for accompanying analysis.
45 Shawn McCarthy, Jeff Sallot and Paul Knox, Toronto Globe and Mail, 03-02-2004; Sue Montgomery, Montreal Gazette, 03-09-2004.
46 Public relations and investment recruitment junket to Montreal for the Haitian Minister of Commerce, Industry and Tourism (non-existent sectors of activity) with her entourage at a time when the travel advisory for that county by the government of Canada read: “On rappelle aux citoyens canadiens qu’ils doivent éviter de se rendre en Haïti, sauf pour des raisons professionnelles ou familiales impératives.” “Le ministre des Affaires étrangères, M. Pierre Pettigrew, rencontrera la ministre du Commerce, de l’Industrie et du Tourisme de la République d’Haïti, Mme Danielle Saint-Lot, le 8 octobre (2004) à Montréal. Séance de photos avant la réunion, 15 h 15, rencontre avec les médias à la suite de la réunion, 15 h 50.”
47 See section 5 for accompanying analysis.
48 Montreal Gazette, 03-12-2005.
49 Thomas S. Axworthy (Chairman for the Centre of the Study of Democracy, Queen’s University), Juliet O’Neill, CanWest News Service, 03-27-2006.
50 See sections 2 through 7 for accompanying analysis; A study published by Inderm (think-tank) on 07-20-2005 indicated that Russians expected to pay $319 billion in bribes that year ($315 billion by businesses compared to $33.5 billion in 2001). Half of Russian GDP was lost to corruption in 2010 according to Transparency International and the Association of Lawyers for Human Rights. Russia was ranked 146th out of 180 countries in TIs 2009 Perception Index (Haiti was tied with Iran at 168). The average bribe in Russia was 1 500 (up to 800 for civil litigation and 28 000 in criminal cases). Obtaining a job as assistant prosecutor cost $10 000 and police officers who desired road-traffic assignments needed to spend at least $50 000. Law enforcement officials in anti-organized crime units could add an additional $20 000 a month to their salary by protecting those they were investigating, while prosecutors also received a monthly stipend of $10 000 for similar services: The most prestigious professions are those where corruption is stable. Delphine Thouvenot, Agence France-Presse, Moscow, 07-21-2005; AFP, Moscow, 08-16-2010.
51 The legal complaint drawn up by Colonel Godbout’s estate lawyers was submitted by the Honorable Yvon Charbonneau to Bill Graham on 24 March 2004 and a follow-up letter was sent on 3 May 2004. The dishonorable minister, his department and Ambassador Kenneth Murray Cook showed complete disregard for elementary professional courtesy by not even acknowledging receipt of said documents; Legal brief sent to Pierre Pettigrew on 01-31-2005: « Les autorités canadiennes reconnaissent qu’il sera impossible de reprendre possession de la villa Godbout qui est habitée illégalement par des criminels armés si cette tache doit être exécutée par des institutions haïtiennes inexistantes tel que rapporté par l’Agence canadienne de développement international… Nous avons par conséquent accordé la permission au gouvernement du Canada et à ses forces armées de déloger les occupants de la propriété, en prendre possession et la mettre à la disposition de nos militaires et policiers durant leur déploiement en Haïti. Ayant préféré de ne pas se prononcer au sujet du dossier légal Godbout qui est explicitement représentatif de la criminalité démesurée en Haïti et contient d’innombrables preuves incontournables, il est alarmant de constater que le gouvernement du Canada (Graham) a choisi d’appuyer militairement la fonction publique haïtienne dans ses démêlés politiques internes tel que rapporté par Associated Press (Amy Bracken) et la Presse Canadienne le 16 juin 2004 (incursion dans la maison de l’ex-sénateur Dany Toussaint), plutôt que de prêter assistance aux intérêts d’un citoyen canadien. »; Nathaëlle Morissette, La Presse, 07-29-2006: « Le chef libéral Bill Graham n’a pas manqué de critiquer l’attitude du gouvernement Harper envers les médias. ‘Dans une démocratie, il est essentiel que ce qui se passe (dans un gouvernement) soit connu de la population, a-t-il déclaré hier au cours d’une entrevue avec La Presse. Je crois que c’est une nécessité absolue.’ »
52 Sinclair Stewart, Steven Chase and Brian Laghi, Toronto Globe and Mail, 03-07-2006; CBC, 03-07-2006 & 03-09-2006.
53 Liberal Defence Minister Bill Graham agreed to a major expansion of the NATO alliance in Afghanistan on 02-10-2005, Canadian soldiers headed to the violent region of Kandahar on 06-29-2005 for a six-month deployment described by Chief of Defence Staff, General Rick Hillier, as dangerous but necessary (07-19-2005), and Prime Minister Paul Martin responded to criticism on 07-29-2005 by saying that fighting terrorism was the government's responsibility; CPAC archives, Liberal Party leadership debate, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 06-10-2006 (Paul Martin didn’t even bother showing up when three-fourths of the Liberal caucus, 24 MPs, whose government had authorized the assignment from Kabul to Kandahar, joined the NDP and Bloc Québécois in voting against a two year extension of the mission on 05-17-2006).
54 Parlons de souveraineté à l’école, CBC, 03-29-2006; Radio-Canada, 03-30-2006; Kevin Dougherty and Hubert Bauch, Montreal Gazette, 03-30-2006; André Pratte, La Presse, 03-30-2006.
55 Transparency International CPI, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 (Haïti scored 1.8 points out of 10 in the survey of 163 countries) and 2007 (1.6), ranked 177th out of 179 nations behind Iraq, Myanmar and Somalia (tied).
56 Radio-Canada, 05-31-2006, lettre de l’ambassade canadienne: « La police nationale d’Haïti s’est livrée à des crimes contre l’humanité à une époque où vous étiez ministre, et donc responsable de ses actions. » Jacques-Édouard Alexis demeure « persona non grata au Canada. »; La Presse, 06-01-2006 & 07-06-2006.
57 The Fraser Institute, Canada’s Physician Shortage, 08-28-2006: “In 2003, more than 1.2 million Canadians were unable to find a regular physician. In 2002, Canada had many fewer physicians per capita than most other developed nations that have universal access health insurance programs. Canada’s shortage of physicians arose because of government intervention.” Canada Health Act regulations must be met by provinces in return for full federal health block funding, Amy Husser, CanWest News Service, 05-28-2008. Brian Day, outgoing president of the Canadian Medical Association, lamented on August 19th 2008 that one million Canadians were still on waiting lists for health care while 5 million people didn’t have access to a family doctor, squarely laying the blame on the governing Conservatives and Liberal opposition politicians in Ottawa: “Individually, most (politicians) have a deep understanding of the plight of our health care system, collectively, especially at the federal level, they are reluctant – even afraid – of engaging in a meaningful public discussion on health.” Aaron Derfel, Montreal Gazette, 08-19-08.
58 Dr. Donald J. Boudreaux (Chairman, Department of Economics, George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia), Colorado Springs Gazette, 06-15-2005; Montreal Gazette, 07-04-2005.
59 CIDA (Josée Verner, Minister of International Cooperation, Peter MacKay, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Stockwell Day, Minister of Public Safety), 07-25-2006; Radio-Canada, 07-25-2006 (extraits): Après une réunion de deux jours à Port-au-Prince dans le cadre de la conférence internationale pour le développement économique et social d’Haïti, des donateurs et bailleurs de fonds (dont les représentants des États-Unis, la France, le Canada, l’Union européenne, la Banque mondiale, le Fonds monétaire international et la Banque interaméricaine de développement) ont consenti une aide de plus de 850 millions de dollars à Haïti. Selon le coordonnateur de cette réunion, Anthony Dessources, cette aide devrait permettre de combler les écarts budgétaires et répondre aux besoins d’investissement du gouvernement pour la période 2006-2007. Elle devrait également aider le gouvernement à exécuter un Programme d’apaisement social (PAS) qui consiste à payer des arriérés de salaires à des fonctionnaires révoqués et d’anciens militaires. Le plan prévoit aussi de créer des emplois dans les bidonvilles de la capitale contrôlés par des gangs armés. Pour la période 2008-2012, les Européens vont fournir à Haïti une aide estimée à plus 260 millions de dollars. L’Union européenne a proposé une « prime à la bonne gouvernance » qui pourrait apporter un montant supplémentaire de l’ordre de 83 millions de dollars à Haïti. Le Canada contribuera avec 520 millions de dollars sur cinq ans pour renforcer la démocratie, relancer l’économie et assurer les besoins fondamentaux de la population haïtienne. La conférence des donateurs est la sixième du genre depuis la chute de l’ancien président Jean-Bertrand Aristide. À Haïti, 70 % de la population active est au chômage et plus de 60 % des 8 millions d’habitants vivent sous le seuil de pauvreté avec l’équivalent de moins de $1 par jour.
60 Montreal Gazette, editorial, 05-16-2006.
61 Haitian born journalist appointed by Paul Martin on 08-04-2005 and installed on 09-27-2005.
62 Montreal Gazette, editorial, 05-16-2006.
63 Liz Thompson, Montreal Gazette, 05-16-2006.
64 The Fraser Institute, Economic Freedom of the World: 2006 Annual Report, James D. Gwartney (Professor of Economics, Florida State University), Robert A. Lawson (Professor, Economics, Capital University) and Dr. William Easterly of New York University, 09-07-2006: “Foreign aid is ineffective” but developing world countries “can lift themselves from poverty on their own, without depending on uncertain and often politically motivated outside help.” “Poorer nations only need to liberate their people from policies that limit economic freedom. The unleashed dynamism and ingenuity will build prosperity and reduce poverty in a way that foreign aid has repeatedly failed to achieve.” The report included a 2004 Area Economic Freedom Ratings: Haiti was ranked 127th (out of 130 countries) with a score of 1.6 (out of 10) in the Legal Structure and Security of Property Rights section. Judicial Independence was rated at 0.2, Impartial Courts 2.6, Protection of Intellectual property 1.2, Military Interference 0.4 while Integrity of the Legal System obtained 3.6.
65 PBS (WGBH), Wide Angle, Bill Moyers interview transcript with James Dobbins (special envoy for both the Clinton and Bush administrations, supervised peacekeeping and nation-building operations in Haiti, Somalia, Bosnia, Kosovo and Afghanistan, Director of the International Security and Defense Center at the Rand Corporation), 08-23-2005; Guy Philippe revealed on 05-30-2007 that his armed rebellion against the Lavalas regime had been financed by the private sector and politicians: « André Apaid Junior, Évans Paul, Dany Toussaint, Serges Gilles, Himmler Rébu, tous étaient venus me rencontrer en territoire voisin pour planifier le renversement de M. Aristide. » Philippe then evaded capture on 07-16-2007 when U.S. DEA agents and Haitian police from Port-au-Prince attempted to arrest him in Les Cayes (drug charges, international warrant); Signal FM, 05-30-2007; Le Matin, 05-30-2007; Le Nouvelliste, 05-31-2007; AHP, 07-16-2007; Joseph Guyler Delva, Reuters, 07-17-2007.
66 PBS (WGBH), Wide Angle, Unfinished Country, Filmmaker Notes: Daniel Morel and Jane Regan, 2005; AFP, 03-10-2009, Port-au-Prince, statement issued ahead of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moons arrival in Haiti with former U.S. president Bill Clinton.
67 The Lancet, Volume 368, Issue N° 9538, 09-02-2006.
68 Gail Chiasson, PubZone, 08-18-2006; Conseil de presse du Québec, 03-05-2009, Grief 3 pour sensationnalisme retenu, Décision N° D2008-05-079; Montreal Gazette, 03-14-2009: The Quebec Press Council ruled that the Montreal Gazette and reporter Jeff Heinrich broke the news in a “sensationalist” way by having “misled the public with respect to the real value and importance that should be given to the information published” in its 17 May 2008 front-page story covering parts of the Bouchard-Taylor report on reasonable accommodations (decision said to be appealed by Editor-in-Chief Andrew Phillips but had not been filed as of 06-10-2009). Yet, the headline read: “Press Council dismisses complaints” because five others had been rejected. If a public figure was convicted of perjury but found not guilty on 5 other counts such as obstruction of justice, would the byline be: ‘Cleared of charges’?
69 Diane Holloway, Austin American-Statesman, Montreal Gazette, 04-21-2007.
70 ‘Great boaster, little doer’.
71 Jean-Frédéric Salès was one of five Haitian lawyers listed as a dependable resource in the Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada Web site dated October 2006 (updated on 03-18-2008), alongside Jean-Henry Céant who was also endorsed (out of four candidates) in the category for notaries.
72 Hugo Lavoie interview, Radio-Canada, Dimanche Magazine, 02-13-2005, broadcast at 11:21.
73 Treasury Board of Canada Secretariat, sections 3.1 (Raison d'Être) & 4.5 (Performance Monitoring), RPP 2004-2005; Mike Blanchfield, CanWest News Service, Ottawa Citizen, 05-02-2007; Gilles Toupin, La Presse, 05-02-2007.
74 The White Man’s Burden, William Easterly, The Penguin Press, New York, 2006, p. 185.
75 Auditor General of Canada report, 11-23-2004; 2007-2008 international aid budget was $4.1 billion, Radio-Canada, 06-12-2007; Mike Blanchfield, CanWest News Service, Ottawa Citizen, 02-16-2007.
76 Canadian Press, Montreal Gazette, 02-22-2007; Law enforcement intercepted 3 416 kilos of cocaine destined for Canada in 2004, Caroline Toupin, La Presse, 09-20-2006.
77 ‘The more things change, the more they stay the same’ or ‘History repeats itself’.
78 Fading Productivity: Making Sense of Canada’s Productivity Challenge, 05-23-2007. The World Economic Forum Global Competitiveness Report confirmed that Canada’s productivity growth was at its lowest in the last five years, and overall ranking decreased from 9th place in 2002 to 16th in 2006; Eric Beauchesne, CanWest News Service, 05-23-2007.
79 38th Parliament, 1st Session, Edited Hansard, N° 131, 10-04-2005, Minister of National Defence Bill Graham: “The very reason we are discussing this today is that the government is open and transparent about these flights. They are all posted and available to the public. We have nothing to hide whatsoever.” “We ministers use them according to the rules and requirements of good government. It is ridiculous to claim otherwise.” Total cost included fuel, landing fees, maintenance, aircrew salaries and annualized capital costs for the plane, David Pugliese, CanWest News Service, Ottawa Citizen, 11-02-2006.