The country’s current ratio of official development assistance (ODA) to gross national income (GNI) is 0.28 per cent according to the OECD, continuing a two-decade downward trend across both Liberal and Conservative administrations. That is a mere 28 cents of every $100 to support the poorest people and the most vulnerable countries in the world. Historically, Canada’s peak ODA performances came under Conservative prime ministers Brian Mulroney and Joe Clark (both at 0.47 per cent of GNI—that’s almost twice today’s level), with Liberal Pierre Trudeau close behind (0.44 per cent).
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