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Question period on government help for Haiti

At Jacmel, Haiti, deliveries come in primarily by helicopter, small planes, and the occassional hercules c-130 aircraft. Bottled water sits near the tarmac at the airport waiting to be loaded onto trucks and taken to a warehouse. A Canadian helicopter flies overhead.

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The Canadian government is hosting an international meeting of countries working in earthquake-ravaged Haiti in Montreal on Monday. Foreign ministers from around the world and other key figures are expected to attend.

The federal government is playing a major role in co-ordinating the global response in Haiti. Canada is a key player in Friends of Haiti, an informal group of governments and organizations that has been working in the island nation since the early 1990s.

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Beyond the immediate rescue and recovery efforts, how should the international community help rebuild Haiti? What challenges and opportunities will they face?

Haiti expert Stephen Baranyi, a professor with the University of Ottawa's School of International Development & Global Studies, joined us for an online discussion.

Prof. Baranyi specializes in development in fragile states and has focused on Canada's engagement in Haiti for the past five years. He has published widely on issues relating to development and security - such as peace-building, land policies and fragile states - as well as on Canadian policy and the roles of international organizations in this area.

Prof. Baranyi has worked as a human rights advocate in the European Union, as a policy adviser to government agencies in Canada, as a grant manager at the International Development Research Centre and as a principal researcher at the North-South Institute. He has lived in Central America, the Caribbean and Europe, and has conducted field missions to numerous countries in Africa, the Americas and Asia.

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