Did you hear that muffled sound during the election campaign? That was the Canadian development sector—who have seen first-hand the difference Canadian aid makes in the world— and our collective gasp of frustration over Andrew Scheer’s attempt to politicize ‘foreign aid’. We were caught off guard by a surprise campaign pledge to slash aid by 25 per cent—a cut that would hurt some of the most vulnerable people in the world. For years, we called—loudly—for smart policy-driven increases in official development assistance (ODA or “foreign aid”). Despite our best efforts, in successive Conservative and Liberal governments, our appeals fell on deaf ears.
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