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Prominent Canadian academics die in Haitian earthquake

Georges and Mireille Anglade

Two more Canadian victims of the earthquake have been identified, Georges and Mireille Anglade, two retired Montreal academics of Haitian origin.

Haiti's history of political repression meant that the Anglades twice were force to leave their land of birth. The two built a new life in Montreal, where they raised two daughters. But they kept returning to Haiti.

It was there that the couple died in the collapse of their Port-au-Prince home Tuesday, the second and third Canadian victims to be identified following the earthquake that struck the impoverished Caribbean nation.

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They were both 65 years old and had been married 43 years, said a daughter, Pascale.

Prof. Anglade, a geographer, had been imprisoned by the regime of Jean-Claude Duvalier.

In Montreal he was one of the founders of the University of Quebec in Montreal and lectured in geography. His wife taught French and earned a doctorate in economics.

Prof. Anglade returned to Haiti in 1986 and later briefly was minister of public works in the government of President Jean-Bertrand Aristide. But he had to exile himself again in 1991 after Mr. Aristide was toppled by a military coup.

Three years later, Prof. Anglade was back in Port-au-Prince when Mr. Aristide returned to power.

In addition to his political and academic work, he wrote essays and short stories where he alluded to his experience as a political prisoner. As a geographer with expertise on Caribbean countries, he was also an advisor on planning policies to the United Nations.

Mireille Anglade meanwhile was busy as the director of a UN program to help advance Haitian women. She was also involved in community groups.

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Despite living through turbulent times, "My parents weren't embittered. They were always very positive," said Pascale Anglade. "They knew their duty was to help the country."

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Tu Thanh Ha is based in Toronto and writes frequently about judicial, political and security issues. He spent 12 years as a correspondent for the Globe and Mail in Montreal, reporting on Quebec politics, organized crime, terror suspects, space flights and native issues. More


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