Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

March 02, 2010 15:43 ET

Governor General to Visit the Republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 2, 2010) - At the request of the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, accompanied by her husband Jean-Daniel Lafond, will visit the Republic of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, from March 8 to 10, 2010.

The visit to the Republic of Haiti is being made to strengthen the partnership between Canada and Haiti, for the restoration and reconstruction of the country following the earthquake on January 12. Their Excellencies will meet with the president, René Préval, the prime minister, Jean-Max Bellerive, and members of civil society. During the meetings, the Governor General will emphasize the importance of education and culture, as well as the involvement of women and young people in Haiti's long-term reconstruction and development strategy.

"We know that the island is experiencing terrible suffering, not only because of the earthquake, but also because of the poverty, which was already endemic before the disaster," stated the Governor General. "In these situations of crisis and destabilization, women continue to look after the needs of their children and their loved ones. This year, International Woman's Day will be even more moving for me, because I will be by the side of those Haitian women who are striving to recover from disaster and rebuild."

Their Excellencies will then visit the Dominican Republic to strengthen the relations between the Republic and Canada and to recognize the Dominicans' exemplary leadership in reacting to the Haitian crisis. Their Excellencies will meet with the president, Leonel Fernandez, and members of the civil society.

The detailed itinerary of the visits to Haiti and the Dominican Republic will be included in a later news release.

Contact Information

  • Julie Rocheleau
    Rideau Hall Press Office
    613-998-7280 or 613-302-0249 (cell)
    Marthe Blouin
    Official Spokesperson of the Governor General of Canada
    613-993-0397 or 613-301-3379 (cell)