Belinda Stronach to visit Haiti

    AURORA, ON, June 18 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Belinda Stronach will
pay a private visit to Haiti from June 18-22, 2008.
    "As Canadians we know the value of supporting developing nations and the
role we can play. Haiti is our neighbour and given its proximity to Canada, it
is incumbent upon us to make sure that we work hand in hand with the Haitian
people to help improve their lives," stated Stronach when outlining the
reasons for her interest in Haiti. "The Haitian people have great skills and
so much potential - just witness the success of the great Haitian community in
Canada, especially in Quebec, and the contribution of people like our Governor
General Michaelle Jean, Bruny Surin, and so many others."
    "Canada has worked side by side with the Haitian people for many years,
but there is so much more to do. I am especially interested in exploring the
areas of food security and agriculture, education for girls' and young women
and health issues like the so-called Neglected Tropical Diseases, which are
devastating but too often overlooked," she added.
    "This is a unique opportunity to be there with one of Haiti's most famous
exports, Wyclef Jean. Over the next few days our delegation will have an
opportunity to hear directly from Haitians and see clearly the challenges and
opportunities they face and this will allow us to assess the possible role of
the private sector and NGO community in working together for Haiti."
    While in Haiti, Stronach plans to look at several of the projects run by
Wyclef Jean's Yéle Haiti Foundation, meet with Haitians in various walks of
life and have informal conversations with Ministers of the Haitian government.

For further information:

For further information: Greg MacEachern, (613) 882-5533

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