In the wake of the earthquake that devastated Haiti on Jan. 12, we were told the brutally impoverished country would need years of help, a mission in which this country would be a full participant. Indeed, in the immediate aftermath, Canadians responded generously with millions of dollars in private and federal aid, sending teams of medical professionals, and troops that transformed the local airfield in Jacmel into an international airport that became vital to the international aid process.
Now, less than three months later, we're pulling the plug (Haitian Lifeline Cut Short by Canada's Quick Exit - March 24). I share in the sense of betrayal Haitians must be feeling from our deplorable reversal. I'd hate to be the junior diplomat assigned the task of informing our Governor-General of our mealy-mouthed bureaucratic explanation.