Canada Considers Boosting Aid, Intel Support in Haiti Crisis, Rules Out Military Intervention

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As Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister, Melanie Joly confirmed that the country is contemplating the most effective manner it can contribute to an international military intervention in Haiti. However, a Liberal MP made a prediction that Canada’s assistance is expected to not encompass any military aspects.

Confiding in reporters on Parliament Hill, Joly emphasized Canada’s longstanding commitment to Haiti’s various issues. Joly, conversing in French, pledged the continuation of Canada’s involvement. She expressed intentions to escalate this support through ongoing diplomatic dialogue. Additionally, she asserted their focus on endorsing solutions developed and executed by the people of Haiti.

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Recently, the United Nations Security Council sanctioned a multinational force to counteract violent gangs in Haiti. Kenya has proffered to guide this initiative which is anticipated to commence by January. Minister Joly revealed that she has consulted with her Kenyan counterpart and Canada’s ambassador to the United Nations, Bob Rae, regarding the best way Canada can offer aid.

In the past year, Haiti’s unofficial prime minister requested international intervention. This idea, although supported by the UN and Washington, has sparked a controversy among Haitians. Despite the lack of specificity for the plan’s operational elements, Joly reiterated Ottawa’s continued commitment to deal with Haitian affairs.

Moreover, Haiti has been engulfed in a severe security dilemma since mid-2021. The country’s situation, amplified by audacious criminal gangs, has led to uncontrolled violence, cholera epidemics, and limited access to water, food, and health care.

While Washington proposed that Canada lead a military intervention, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was uncertain about achieving long-term stability in Haiti through such means. He referenced the history of numerous interventions that, rather regrettably, exacerbated the state of instability in Haiti.

This led Liberal MP Emmanuel Dubourg, an individual of Haitian origin, to imply the possibility of Canada providing technical and intelligence assistance to forces positioned there or in nearby countries, as opposed to deploying Canadian soldiers. Dubourg further established Canada’s capacity to escalate its humanitarian aid in Haiti.

Bloc Quebecois foreign-affairs critic Stephane Bergeron expressed the need for Canada to assume some form of duty, considering its historical ties with Haiti. Bergeron indicated the country’s actions should align with the requests of the Haitian people.

Contradictorily, Canada’s leading military general admitted that the present armed forces lacked the manpower to undertake such a mission. Correspondingly, Joly imposed sanctions on multiple political figures and economic elites in Haiti. She believes this action will promote consensus among Haiti’s political factions on how external powers can aid Haitians in achieving stability and ultimately organizing an election. To this end, she affirmed Canada’s financial support worth millions to aid the Haitian National Police in restoring order in the nation.