Taking command

by Aaron Wherry

Within this story about efforts to deliver foreign aid in Haiti is an intriguing anecdote about Michaelle Jean’s role in the deployment of the Canadian Forces in the aftermath of the Haitian earthquake.

Two years ago, Ms. Jean, then governor-general, was having dinner with U.S. Ambassador David Jacobson at Rideau Hall when the earthquake struck. After working the phones, she managed to convince Canada’s Chief of the Defence Staff, Walter Natynczyk, to send help immediately instead of waiting for an official call from the Haitian authorities.

The Governor General does hold the title of commander-in-chief, but there is probably an interesting discussion to have about the precedents and implications of a Governor General getting involved in overseas deployments.




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  1. Good on her. Presumably, she was aware that the government of Haiti had collapsed and that no request for aid would be forthcoming.

    • She had coffered as much Canadian taxpayers’ money as she possibly could, on behalf of her homeland – Haiti – before it was struck by the earthquake.  It explains her eager acceptance of the appointment of viceroy despite her sharing the freedom toasts with Quebec separatists, let alone the six-figure salary and juicy pension for her and her family to enjoy. She ignored other countries also devastated by poverty and/or natural disasters, where any human casualties and sufferings equally deserved our compassion. And, in spite of so much Canadian aids poured into Haiti, Haitian people are still suffering; I see nothing “good on her”.

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    • Yeah, providing humanitarian assistance is a whim. And she would know better than most in this country just how devastating an earthquake of that magnitude would be in her “home country”.  Waiting for a formal request from a collapsed government while people are dying is real compassionate isn’t it?
      Your screen name couldn’t be more appropriate.

      • Her providing humanitarian assistance to one “foreign” country while ignoring others also devastated by poverty and/or natural disasters, where any human casualties and sufferings equally deserved our compassion, is an unjust foreign policy and may be called a whim.  Hence, I find the “Turd” comment was appropriate.

        Furthermore, Michaelle Jean had coffered as much Canadian taxpayers’ money as she possibly could, on behalf of her homeland – Haiti – before it was hit by the earthquake. Haiti was, and still is, the main focus of her “foreign” policy, which explains her eager acceptance of the GG appointment despite her sharing the freedom toasts with the separatists, let alone the six-figure salary and juicy pension for her and her family to enjoy.  She executed the GG office in the best interest of her personal objective – always for her Haiti and people of her own race; I regard her as a shill – the big opportunist and manipulator in the name of hope.

        I would also note that her sharing the freedom toasts with Quebec separatists, her practicing favouritism to Haiti over other countries, and her using some violent incidents of abused women to portray women as victims of men prove the contrary to what she said her “objective was, and will be, to break down the solitude”. She was the wrong person for the position of Canada GG!

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