Haiti's PM to Canada: Give Haitian government more say over Canadian aid

The Canadian Press

MONTREAL - Haiti's prime minister is calling on Ottawa to give his government more say over how Canadian aid money is spent in his country.

Ottawa has just announced it will no longer fund new development projects in Haiti, which is still struggling to rebuild from its devastating earthquake three years ago.

Canadian International Co-operation Minister Julian Fantino expressed his disappointment a few days ago at the lack of progress in Haiti and wants to find a better way to help its reconstruction.

Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe tells The Canadian Press he had also hoped to see more improvement.

He wants Canadian development money to stop bypassing his government for aid groups.

Lamothe is urging Canada to help strengthen Haitian institutions by allowing his government to assume a bigger role in the decision-making process.