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Canada's foreign aid short

In June 2005, Stockwell Day stated Canada must play a G8 leadership role and commit to a timetable to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid. The Conservatives have since avoided a commitment. In January 2006, Stephen Harper promised an extra $425-million on aid over five years, largely based on previous Liberal-initiated increases. At the same time, he promised to move Canadian aid to the average of the 22 wealthiest nations. The OECD average is about 0.45 per cent while Canada's contribution actually dropped from 0.30 per cent to 0.28 per cent last year. The verdict? It's a pity, but Canada's foreign aid has had more recent busts than the TSX.

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Canada's foreign aid short

In June 2005, Stockwell Day stated Canada must play a G8 leadership role and commit to a timetable to spend 0.7 per cent of GDP on foreign aid. The Conservatives have since avoided a commitment. In January 2006, Stephen Harper promised an extra $425-million on aid over five years, largely based on previous Liberal-initiated increases. At the same time, he promised to move Canadian aid to the average of the 22 wealthiest nations. The OECD average is about 0.45 per cent while Canada's contribution actually dropped from 0.30 per cent to 0.28 per cent last year. The verdict? It's a pity, but Canada's foreign aid has had more recent busts than the TSX.

  
Parliamentary Calendar
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
HILL LIFE & PEOPLE SLIDESHOWS
Press Freedom Advocates Look Back on a Bloody Year May 4, 2015

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The Château Laurier was filled with journalists and press freedom advocates Thursday, April 30.
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Don Newman moderated the luncheon again this year.
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The Globe and Mail's Shawn McCarthy, Canada Council of the Arts' Simon Brault, and AP's Kathy Gannon, accepting the 17th annual Canadian World Press Freedom Award.
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AP reporter Kathy Gannon giving a speech about what press freedom means to her, during the luncheon.
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University of Ottawa's Anne McIlroy, Free the Children's Shelley Page, and Maclean's Sue Allan.
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University of Ottawa professor Tolga Yalkin, and Global News' Jacques Bourbeau.
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First place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Signe Wilkinson.
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Second place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Elchicotriste.
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Third place cartoon in the international cartoon competition, Ebrahim Ghanei.
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House Speaker's D.Comms Heather Bradley, Andrew House, and Chris Day.
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Earnscliffe's Geoff Norquay and Hugh Scott from RX&D.
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Kristie Jones and Katie Tenenhouse of Reporters Without Borders.
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Mohamed Fahmy joined the celebrations via video message.

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