Don Cherry: ‘Are we nuts?’ Twitter rant about $49.5 million Canada aid to Haiti

By on Jan 9, 2013 in Internet, North America Comments

Don Cherry, a Canadian ice hockey commentator for CBC Television, seemed to be unhappy after he learned the generous financial support of his country to Haiti, which amounted to $49.5 million. His ‘Are we nuts?Twitter rant caught the attention not only to local media but also on the Internet.

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Don Cherry in 2004
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“You know, I am one of those guys, like most people in Canada; we like to help the countries all over the world. But sometimes it makes you wonder. Maybe it’s just me. But Canada gave Haiti 49.5 million dollars last year. Are we nuts?” Don Cherry (@CoachsCornerCBC) tweeted on Monday, January 7, 2013.

“We’ve got a guy dying in Toronto waiting 3 hours for an ambulance. We got people waiting 7, 8 10 hours, if they’re lucky in a waiting room with one doctor for a zillion people. We nickel and dime our doctors, nurses, and veterans plus a million other services. Yet we can send almost 50 million to Haiti.” Cherry added.

On his next tweet, Cherry, 78, mentioned the name of Julian Fantino. He is a former Toronto Police Chief, and an elected Member of the Parliament of Canada. He was appointed as Minister for International Cooperation of Canada on July 24, 2012.

As noted at, Cherry, who is also a co-host in Canadian sports program ‘Hockey Night in Canada,’ tweeted just days after Fantino told a newspaper that Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) will not continue to fund new aid projects in Haiti until it finds a more effective approach to help the country.

CIDA, on its official website, stated that Canada sent almost $49.5 million to Haiti from 2010 to 2011, as a financial aid to the country, when it was badly hit by a 7.0-magnitude earthquake on January 12, 2010, with estimated casualties of 316,000. But as Cherry tweeted, “Charity begins at home. Am I right or is it just me?”

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Don Cherry tweets ‘Are we nuts?’, referring to the Canadian aid to Haiti
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