Extract from the speech of Youri Latortue :
"[...] My speech today represents my last official address as Speaker of the Senate and the National Assembly. In this circumstance, I express an immense feeling of gratitude to my fellow Senators who had given me their confidence to preside over the Upper House [...]
Together with our fellow Deputies, we shared the desire to project a new and positive image of parliamentarians. We have taken into account the remarks and criticisms made by our fellow citizens and we have worked to demonstrate that Haitian parliamentarians can be effective and fully fulfill their constitutional role [...]
The previous legislative year has been very productive. Indeed, despite the many and great difficulties, we have been able to vote about forty or so laws, the vast majority of which are of an economic and social nature; we have passed a number of public interest resolutions; we exercised a thorough and effective control over the Government; we contributed to strengthening the Court of Cassation and the Office of Citizen Protection; we have been very active in implementing intelligent, active and respectful parliamentary diplomacy towards our common homeland [...]
Another concern aroused all state powers: corruption. Corruption is an endemic evil that hinders the dynamics of national development. Against such a scourge, we must lead a merciless struggle that should in no way raise suspicions of bias or positive or negative discrimination. Because the Parliament can not be a place where one indulges in political persecution or the destruction of the reputation of anyone [...] We take at the word the President of the Republic who said and repeated that he wants to fight relentlessly against corruption. I confirm that in this battle, the Haitian Parliament is ready to fully play its constitutional role and ensure that no one obstructs justice [...]
The promises made by the President during his election campaign and during his travels around the country [...] were well received by the people and aroused impatient expectations and consistent and legitimate hopes. I am obligated to say to the administrators of the state that a lot of additional effort is worthwhile. Because frustrations and discontent are being heard more and more across the country [...]
The economic data released at the end of the first quarter of the fiscal year gave us a glimpse of the difficulty of the socio-economic situation and make us fear crucial moments in the months to come. Our constituents have the unpleasant feeling that the government is going around in circles and can not get off the ground. Some Ministers seem non-existent [...] The Head of State recently reiterated its plan to organize the sectoral General States. Some believe it is a good intention. But it is time for us to act.
The caravan of change is a great idea. Indeed, in some departments, work is progressing. However, the caravan will not be able to produce the expected results if it does not fit into a systemic development strategy [...] We must have a much more coherent and sustained employment policy. The unemployment rate in our country is unbearable for our youth and even more so for fathers and mothers of families.
We will not end without extend our congratulations to the police forces who have taken responsibility for the security of our territory and our borders. We must also note that the courageous and long-awaited decision to restore even symbolically the Haitian Armed Forces, met with the approval of the vast majority of the population [...] It will be necessary to endow our military institution with the means essential to meet the expectations of all and be more than just an operetta army. It is time for the Commander-in-Chief to set up his staff and the latter to appear in front of the Senate to fulfill the constitutional formalities provided for in this [...]
As for us Deputies and Senators, the work that awaits us remains immense [...] Because, before the end of the 50th Legislature, we must vote a set of laws that frame and facilitate commercial transactions, the exploitation of mines , SME credit, etc... Another task is on our agenda for upcoming sessions. We need to build a consensus around the second declaration of amendment of the 1987 Constitution, focusing on the key issues that are debated in Haitian society, such as the voting rights of our brothers and sisters in the Diaspora [...]
We do not have a spare country. We must all contribute, one way or another, to put it on the path of development. Our debates should not revolve around people, but around plans and projects likely to improve the living conditions of the Haitian population [...]"