WRAP Canadian PM arrives; ADDS handshake with Haiti President Preval

1. Military plane carrying Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper taxiing on tarmac
2. Various of security, plane taxiing on tarmac
3. Various of Harper emerging from plane, being greeted by local officials and Canadian military personnel
4. Close-up of Harper talking
5. Harper talking to officials
6. Media
7. Harper shaking hands with Canadian military personnel and getting into vehicle
8. Haitian President Rene Preval walking to shake hands with Harper, Harper then shaking hands with Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive
9. Close-up of Harper and Preval
10. Wide of Preval, Harper and Bellerive walking into tent at Canadian base
Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced on Monday that Canada would spend up to 12 (m) million US dollars to create a temporary facility to house government departments and civil servants in quake-stricken Haiti.
Harper made the announcement at the start of a two-day visit to the island nation.
Harper is the first G20 leader to visit Haiti since the January 12 earthquake, following the heads of several neighbouring countries who have already made the trip.
Many Haitian government buildings have been reduced to rubble.
Workers have been trying to salvage any scraps of paper documents while crews remove bodies and bulldozers demolish what”s left of the condemned buildings.
The Canadian-funded base will include soft-covered tents and hard-shelled temporary buildings.
It is expected to be running for up to a year, and construction will start once the Haitian government chooses a location.
Earlier on Monday, Harper landed in the capital of Port-au-Prince in a military transport plane, kicking off his two-day trip by a meeting with President Rene Preval.
He also met Haitian Prime Minister Jean-Max Bellerive at the Canadian camp base at the Port-au-Prince airport.
Harper will also inspect efforts by Canadian armed forces to help rebuild Haiti.
The prime minister was expected to head to Canadian Governor General Michaelle Jean”s ancestral hometown, Jacmel, and from there to Leogane, a key hub of Canadian activity.
Some 2,000 Canadian troops were deployed to Haiti after the quake and are set up mainly in Jacmel and Leogane, where they are involved in food distribution, water purification, medical aid, installing shelter, clearing roads and enforcing security.
Ottawa managed to evacuate more than 4,325 people after the quake, which killed 31 Canadians.
Fifty-five Canadians are still missing.
Canada hosts tens of thousands of Haitian emigrants and has been one of the major donors since the earthquake hit Haiti in January.

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