With the Canadian media bowing at Harper's feet over his handling of the Haiti crisis, word on the ground was that we were not doing as much financially as we claimed.
The ships that Harper hurried from shore arrived empty, with only enough provisions for the military onboard. His goal was to protect corporate interests from Cuba, and while our soldiers acted admirably, and were legitimately embarrassed that they had arrived without medical supplies, Harper actions' were underwhelming.
It was just another opportunity for a photo-op.
And now we learn that he turned down a UN request to remain to help out. But he got his political leverage and already lost interest.
Despite attempts by the UN and local authorities to persuade Ottawa to keep the engineers in Haiti beyond the end of Canada's relief mandate, the military packed up and left. ``I think there was a strong request that they stay on,'' Nigel Fisher, the UN's head of humanitarian aid in Haiti, told The Canadian Press in an interview from Port-au-Prince.I am so ashamed.