Wednesday, January 13, 2010

I Wish Someone Other Than Lawrence Cannon Was Handling Haiti Relief

By now I'm sure you're all aware of the devastating earthquake that hit Haiti, and while Lawrence Cannon has assured us that it would appear that no Canadians died as a result, his comments after, reflect his general casual attitude toward human suffering:

"From the preliminary assessment the ambassador gave to us, I can say we don't have any information that would lead us to believe Canadians have been affected," Mr. Cannon said.

Canadians not having been affected?
The quake left hundreds of thousands of Haitian-Canadians in a state of tense confusion as calls to friends and relatives went unanswered. A local doctor told Agence France-Presse the deaths were in the hundreds, and the Red Cross said hospitals are at capacity with people desperately seeking medical attention in the under-resourced region.

I would say that Canadians were very affected.

Canada has yet to decide whether to send its Disaster Assistance Response Team to the quake-torn area - officials still need to assess the damage and available equipment, Mr. Cannon said.

Yet to decide? I know the Reformers were always adamantly opposed to foreign aid, but come on. Supporting allies is about more than joining them in war. You also join them in sorrow and do everything possible to alleviate their suffering. It's a no-brainer.

Cannon is just one more reason why this government has got to go.

Back to: The Lawrence Cannon Story: Intelligent Incompetence

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