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What Parliamentarians should know about Canada’s contribution

By Asia Clarke      

It is an election year, right? We should at least be talking about these issues. With International Development Week over, let’s keep the conversation going.

International Development Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau, pictured in this file photograph at the National Press Theatre in Ottawa. Asia Clarke says one of the best-kept secrets of Canada’s development strategy is the role of ordinary Canadians. In many developing countries around the world, volunteers are the face of Canada, from young black women artists and entrepreneurs like me, to professionals, retirees, and people from every background and corner of this country. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

It was International Development Week earlier this month, and one likely heard good news about Canada’s role in the world in Parliament, from podiums and in pages such as these. It is something we should be talking about year-round. As a two-time international volunteer, I know first-hand where, how, and why Canadians make a difference. I also know that we—including our government—can do more.

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