Governor General of Canada

Governor General of Canada

March 07, 2010 13:39 ET

Governor General's Itinerary for the Republic of Haiti

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 7, 2010) - At the request of the prime minister of Canada, Stephen Harper, Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean, Governor General of Canada, accompanied by her husband, His Excellency Mr. 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, 2010.

The delegation accompanying Their Excellencies will consist of: Gerald Tremblay, Mayor of Montreal, a member of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, vice president of the North America of United Cities and Local Governments organization and vice president of the Association Internationale des Maires Francophones (AIMF); Denyse Côté, professor and researcher at the Université du Québec en Outaouais and director of the Observatoire sur le développement régional et l'analyse différenciée selon les sexes (ORÉGAND); and Mireille Mathieu, vice-rector for International Relations at the Université de Montréal and designated vice-rector for the AUF (Agence universitaire de la francophonie).

Here is the detailed itinerary of the visits to Haiti (local times given). Please note that this itinerary is subject to change without notice:

WORKING VISIT TO HAITI

Monday, March 8, 2010
Port-au-Prince

7:55 a.m.
Arrival in Port-au-Prince
Upon arrival, Their Excellencies will be welcomed by René Préval, President of the Republic of Haiti as well as Gilles Rivard, Canada's Ambassador to the Republic of Haiti.
Aéroport international Toussaint Louverture
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

8:55 a.m.
Arrival by helicopter of the Governor General and the President at the Palais national
Palais national
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY

9:00 a.m.
Meeting with the President and the Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti
Their Excellencies will meet with René Préval, President of the Republic of Haiti and Jean-Max Bellerive, Prime Minister of the Republic of Haiti.
Palais national
JOINT MEDIA AVAILABILITY – The Governor General and the President will make statements to the media at 9:30 a.m.

9:55 a.m.
Visit to various sites affected by the earthquake
Their Excellencies will visit locations in Port-au-Prince including the Cathédrale Épiscopale and the Sainte-Trinité school.
Various sites
OPEN TO MEDIA

10:20 a.m.
Visit to the
Ministère à la condition féminine et aux Droits des Femmes (MCFDF)
Their Excellencies will be welcomed by Minister Marjorie Michel. There will be a short ceremony in memory of the victims of the earthquake. 
Ministère à la condition féminine et aux Droits des Femmes
OPEN TO MEDIA

11:00 a.m.
Visit to the CONAP in honour of International Women's Day
Their Excellencies will take part in a ceremony at the premises of the National Coalition for Women's Rights Advocacy (CONAP).
CONAP, Pacot Street
OPEN TO MEDIA

12:00 p.m.
Lunch and round table on the occasion of International Women's Day
Their Excellencies will take part in a discussion with female community leaders from civil society to address the various issues Haiti is facing. The Canadian delegate, Denyse Côté, professor and researcher at the Université du Québec en Outaouais, and director of the Observatoire sur le développement régional et l'analyse différenciée selon les sexes (ORÉGAND), will take part in the event.
Official Residence of the Ambassador of Canada
MEDIA – To be confirmed by the Embassy

Monday, March 8, 2010
Léogâne

3:55 p.m.
Meeting with the mayor and visit to the city of Léogâne
Their Excellencies will be welcomed at City Hall by His Worship Santos Alexis, Mayor of Léogâne, before visiting various sites where Canada and the Canadian Forces are providing humanitarian aid. The Governor General and her husband will meet with victims of the earthquake in the camp for displaced persons in front of City Hall.
Léogâne City Hall
OPEN TO MEDIA

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Jacmel

7:55 a.m.
Official welcome and meeting with the Mayor of Jacmel
Their Excellencies will be welcomed by His Worship Yvon Jerome, Mayor of Jacmel, and will then discuss the effects the earthquake has had on the city and its citizens.
Jacmel Airport, 1st level
PHOTO OPPORTUNITY – At the beginning of the meeting

8:10 a.m.
Meeting with representatives from Jacmel civil society
Their Excellencies will discuss reconstruction of the city with members of Jacmel's civil society.
MINUSTAH Base
OPEN TO MEDIA

9:20 a.m.
Meeting at the Centre Fanm Deside
Their Excellencies will meet with the coordinator of the Centre Fanm Deside, as well as those who have benefited from the centre, the victims of the earthquake.
Centre Fanm Deside
OPEN TO MEDIA

10:35 a.m.
Visit to various locations in Jacmel
The Governor General and her husband will visit various sites, including Canada's military installations at the Port of Jacmel and then proceed to downtown Jacmel to see the effects of the earthquake on the city.
Various locations
OPEN TO MEDIA
MEDIA AVAILABILITY –The Governor General will make a statement to the media at Place Toussaint Louverture near City Hall.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Port-au-Prince

12:10 p.m.
Visit to the Embassy of Canada to Haiti and meeting with the staff
Their Excellencies will visit the Embassy of Canada and meet with the staff. The Governor General will make brief remarks.
Embassy of Canada
MEDIA – To be confirmed by the Embassy

1:15 p.m.
Round table on education
Their Excellencies will discuss the importance of education to reconstruction and long-term development in Haiti. Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO, Mireille Mathieu, vice-rector of the Université de Montréal and Jean-Vernet Henry, rector of the Université d'État d'Haïti, will also take part in the event.
Embassy of Canada
MEDIA – To be confirmed by the Embassy

3:00 p.m.
Meeting with the Mayors of Montreal and Port-au-Prince
Their Excellencies will meet with Their Honours Mr. Jean-Yves Jason, mayor of Port-au-Prince and Mr. Gérald Tremblay, Mayor of Montréal.
Embassy of Canada
MEDIA – To be confirmed by the Embassy

4:15 p.m.
Meeting with representatives from non-governmental organizations
The Governor General will meet with representatives from Canadian non-governmental organizations working in Haiti.
Embassy of Canada
MEDIA – To be confirmed by the Embassy

4:15 p.m.
Meeting with representatives of heritage organizations
His Excellency Jean-Daniel Lafond will meet with key representatives of the Haiti cultural and heritage sectors. 
Embassy of Canada
MEDIA – To be confirmed by the Embassy

5:30 p.m.
Meeting with representatives from the private sector and the Chamber of Commerce
Their Excellencies will take part in a discussion with representatives from the private sector and from the Haitian Chamber of Commerce.
Embassy of Canada
MEDIA – To be confirmed by the Embassy

Contact Information

  • Rideau Hall Press Office
    Julie Rocheleau
    613-998-7280
    613-302-0249 (cell)
    jrocheleau@gg.ca
    or
    Marthe Blouin
    Official spokesperson to the Governor General of Canada
    613-993-0397
    613-301-3379 (cell)
    mblouin@gg.ca