Haiti's Election Will Put Canada to the Test

A great deal may still go wrong in Haiti, but as the election date looms the big test for Canada will be our ability to hold steady to a foreign policy consistent with our values and multilateral responsibilities --especially in our own hemisphere.

Published: Wednesday, 02/01/2006 12:00 am EST

On Feb. 7 -- the day after Stephen Harper is sworn in as Canada's new prime minister -- elections will take place in Haiti. After being postponed several times, due to a myriad of reasons ranging from logistical and administrative to security, this time everything appears to be set. 3.5 million Haitians are registered to vote and have been issued their new national identification cards. They will choose among 35 candidates, with the two frontrunners advancing to a second round on March 19.

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