Fear, frustration in the air as Cannon meets worried Haitian-Canadians

Canada’s foreign minister has wandered into the heart of this country’s Haitian community, where fear is at a fever pitch.

Canada's Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon

Canada's Foreign Minister Lawrence Cannon

MONTREAL — Canada’s foreign minister has wandered into the heart of this country’s Haitian community, where fear is at a fever pitch.

The growing desperation was evident during Lawrence Cannon’s visit to a community centre in Montreal North, with Haitian-Canadian anxiously seeking news about loved ones.

Cannon met with about a dozen community representatives to reassure them that the federal government was doing everything it could.

But that did little to calm anxieties.

One sobbing woman told reporters she couldn’t get any news about her missing father, and about the four-year-old sister she is working to raise.

One Protestant pastor pleaded for quicker action from the federal government.

Cannon brought community members up to date on measures being taken by various federal and international agencies.

He met with about a dozen local leaders, then attended a news conference where about 100 community members were placed behind him in the view of news cameras.