Inside Politics

Haiti's patient PM keeps focus where it belongs -- on Haiti

Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive pauses on Monday during a conference in Montreal looking at the future of the earthquake-ravaged Caribbean nation. (Paul Chiasson/Canadian Press)

It was a surprisingly low-key and accessible Haitian prime minister who took part in the International conference on Haiti in Montreal.

Jean-Max Bellerive arrived in Montreal Sunday night and met with Haitians face to face, patiently answering many questions about aid to earthquake victims.  

But the most surprising thing was his appearance on the media floor at the conference early Monday morning.

Bellerive made the rounds of the many networks both French and English, doing countless live interviews and numerous scrums in two languages.

He had low profile security, and few harried handlers.

Very rare for the prime minister of any country -- let alone one from a country that has the world's attention.

Bellerive -- who bears a striking resemblance to actor James Earl Jones -- seemed to be determined to spend whatever time it takes to get his message across to as many people as possible that his country desperately needs help, but would like to keep some dignity while accepting it.
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